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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - French

Undergraduate Course: French Hons - Language Paper 2 (ELCF10003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course enables Honours level students of the French language to consolidate and develop core language skills. It comprises studies in translation in relation to the task of translating French into (British) English.
Course description This course enables Honours level students of the French language to consolidate and develop core language skills. It comprises studies in translation in relation to the task of translating French into (British) English.

Whilst students will be expected to perform critical analysis of source texts and evaluate their own translation practice in their target texts (both orally and in writing), the emphasis of the course is predominantly practical. It centers on the regular production of written translation work to accompany weekly class discussions that focus on the specific translation problems generated by particular texts.

Reflecting these priorities, the formally assessed work for the course will comprise in-course and end-of-year written assignments that include two components: (i) translation; (ii) commentary.

The commentary element of the course will call for an analytical engagement with the qualities of the source text and the potential difficulties for the translator that may arise from its key features; it will also provide students to demonstrate the capacity to evaluate their own translation practice in the target texts they produce. Classwork activities for this course will include discussions relating to the commentary task, as well as discussions focused more directly on the task of translation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( French 2 Language (ELCF08013) AND French 2 Literature and Culture (ELCF08012))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry to Honours in French
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 73 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework

60% - in-course translation & commentary assignments x 3 (assignments are equally weighted at 20% each)

40% - end-of-year limited-time translation and commentary assignment
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on all formative and assessed work submitted on the course, and on all wikis completed. Verbal feedback on suggestion and debate will be available through synchronous sessions throughout the course. Questions arising are encouraged and will be answered via e-mail.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. translate competently from French in a variety of styles and registers and in a range of genres;
  2. utilise a broad range of French vocabulary and idiom;
  3. take into account the importance of register, idiom and nuance in translation;
  4. recognise the syntactical and idiomatic differences between French and English;
  5. analyse and evaluate translation issues raised by linguistically complex French texts.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Times and venues of tutorials will be indicated on your personalised timetables.
KeywordsDELC Fr 4 LP2
Course organiserDr Claire Boyle
Tel: (0131 6)50 4024
Course secretaryMs June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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