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Legal translation in the classroom: a case study

Aitsiselmi, Farid and Trouille, Helen ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0383-8920 (2000) Legal translation in the classroom: a case study. In: Bocquet, C., (ed.) La traduction juridique - histoire, théorie(s) et pratique. Berne et Genève, Association Suisse des Traducteurs, Terminologues et Interprètes/Ecole de Traduction et d’Interprétation, pp. 371-393

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This paper is the result of a pilot study to teach some elements of specialised translation to final year undergraduate students on the degree course in Modern Languages and to postgraduate students on the Masters course in Interpreting and Translation at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom. The Department of Modern Languages focusses particularly on the teaching of languages in a contemporary context, emphasising the importance of translation and interpreting skills. Throughout the course, our students have been exposed to the translation of texts with a political, economic and literary theme. Responding to a desire to broaden the nature of specialised translation offered and to requests from applicants to the MA course in Interpreting and Translating, it was decided to initiate a study into the teaching of some legal translation in the two groups mentioned above and to monitor students’ progress. The two lecturers concerned in the study, Farid Ait Si Selmi and Helen Trouille, have as their mother tongue French and English respectively, and the study was carried out with the target language of each lecturer’s study group being the mother tongue of the lecturer responsible for that group. Thus, on this occasion, the group of final year undergraduates translated into French, and the postgraduate students into English. All of the students were native speakers of English, none had any experience of professional translation, and none were specialists in legal translation.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
School/Department: York Business School
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5209

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