French into English: translate a story

Course Dates: 01/07/19 - 11/07/19
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Trista Selous

Enjoy reading in French? Like translating? Come to join this short lively translation course to discuss the subtlety of the language.


What is the course about?

Enhance your understanding of French language and culture and develop your capacities as a writer of English through the practice of translation.

What will we cover?

Over the course students will translate a complete short story from French to English. Each class will also include a one-off short translation-related exercise.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- translated a complete short story from French to English.
- acquired a better understanding of the processes of literary translation.
- enhanced your knowledge and understanding of the French language and culture.
- developed your own skills as a writer of English.
There may be other outcomes, depending on the needs and interests of the group of students.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Students should have a good knowledge of French language and culture and be comfortable with reading literature in French. They should also be able to write in fluent, idiomatic English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This course will be taught in English. It is a practical, participative course where students will be required to draft translations of different sections of the story at home and bring them to class for discussion. Each class will also include a short practical exercise related to translation.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Based on tutor's own material.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

French into English: Translation in Practice LF540, or another course related to French, creative writing, journalism, etc.

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

An excellent choice of story: "La Punition" by Egyptian/French writer Andree Chedid. At 5-and-a-bit pages, just the right length. Seemed easy at first glance, but there were any number of bear traps.

We worked hard, but laughed a lot. Argued a fair bit, too.

Essential to have a good exchange of views when working collaboratively on translation.

The tutor was, as ever, supportive, but not uncritically so.
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Review by Pantoufles / (Posted on 16/08/2017)
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Course Code: LBF50

Mon+Thu, eve, 01 Jul - 11 Jul '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £89.00
Senior fee: £89.00
Concession: £54.00

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