Identifying Data 2019/20
Subject (*) Técnicas de Tradución Code 613G03018
Study programme
Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
Descriptors Cycle Period Year Type Credits
Graduate 2nd four-month period
Second Obligatory 6
Teaching method Face-to-face
Department Letras
Alonso Giraldez, Jose Miguel
Alonso Giraldez, Jose Miguel
Cordoba Rodriguez, Felix
Doolittle Kratofil, Timothy Brian
Eirin García, Leticia
General description Estudo e práctica da tradución de textos diversos (español-inglés, inglés-español, galego-inglés, inglés-galego).
Contingency plan

Study programme competencies
Code Study programme competences
A1 Coñecer e aplicar os métodos e as técnicas de análise lingüística e literaria.
A4 Ter un dominio instrumental avanzado oral e escrito da lingua galega.
A5 Ter un dominio instrumental avanzado oral e escrito da lingua española.
A6 Ter un dominio instrumental avanzado oral e escrito da lingua inglesa.
A12 Coñecer os principios teóricos básicos da tradución directa e inversa e ser capaz de poñelos en práctica.
B1 Utilizar os recursos bibliográficos, as bases de datos e as ferramentas de busca de información.
B2 Manexar ferramentas, programas e aplicacións informáticas específicas.
B3 Adquirir capacidade de autoformación.
B4 Ser capaz de comunicarse de maneira efectiva en calquera contorno.
B5 Relacionar os coñecementos cos doutras áreas e disciplinas.
B6 Ter capacidade de organizar o traballo, planificar e xestionar o tempo e resolver problemas de forma efectiva.
B10 Comportarse con ética e responsabilidade social como cidadán/á e profesional.
C1 Expresarse correctamente, tanto de forma oral coma escrita, nas linguas oficiais da comunidade autónoma.
C2 Dominar a expresión e a comprensión de forma oral e escrita dun idioma estranxeiro.
C3 Utilizar as ferramentas básicas das tecnoloxías da información e as comunicacións (TIC) necesarias para o exercicio da súa profesión e para a aprendizaxe ao longo da súa vida.

Learning aims
Learning outcomes Study programme competences
Students should be able to recognize the specific charactersitics of different texts, and able to solve the translation difficulties that affect to each type of text. A4
Students should be able to understand translations (as both discipline and practical work) within a particular cultural context. A12
Students should be able to do direct and inverse translations in Spanish, Galician, and English. A4
Students should be able to know the distinctive features of Spanish, Galician, and English translation. A4
Students should be able to complete assignments properly and in time. A1
Students should participate in the classroom actively. A4
Students should be able to appreciate and respect the linguistic and cultural diversity that is present in our degrees. B10

Topic Sub-topic
I. Translation in the Field of English Studies I.1. Introduction to translation techniques.

I.2. Translation and interculturality.

I.3. Translation techniques in the field of English language.

I.4. The translemic equivalence.

I.4.1 Equivalence at the word level.
I.4.2. Equivalence above word level.
I.4.3. Grammatical equivalence.
I.4.4. Textual equivalence
I.4.5, Pragmatic equivalence.

I.5. Types of texts, types of translations.

I.5.1. The literary translation.
I.5.2. The journalistic translation.
I.5.3. The scientific-technical translation.
I.5.4. Other translations

I.6. The modernizing and adapting translation.

I.7. Evaluation and criticism of translated texts.
II. Translation in the field of Spanish Studies II.1. Specialized translation
II.1.1. Introduction. Specialized languages. Terminology
II.1.2. Dictionaries and catalogs. Terminological databases

II.2. Computer-assisted translation
II.2.1. Machine-assisted translation and computer-assisted translation
II.2.2. Computer tools. Translation memories. Parallel corpus

II.3. Translation into Spanish
II.3.1. Documentation for translation into Spanish
II.3.2. Translation methods (English into Spanish)
III. Translation in the field of Galician Studies III.1. Literary translation
III.1.1 Preliminary issues and basic concepts
III.1.2. Features of literary translation
III.1.3. Literary self-translation
III.1.4. Translation, version and creative appropriation

III.2. Translation of poetic texts
III.2.1. Methodologies and general remarks
III.2.2. Formal aspects: rithm and rhime, phonic symbolism, etc.

III.3. Translation into Galician

III.4. Evaluation and critique of literary translation

Methodologies / tests Competencies Ordinary class hours Student’s personal work hours Total hours
Introductory activities B4 C1 0.5 0 0.5
Guest lecture / keynote speech A12 B5 20.5 30 50.5
Workshop B6 B2 C3 20 30 50
Supervised projects B1 B2 B3 B10 1 10 11
Workbook B6 C1 C2 0 15 15
Mixed objective/subjective test A1 A4 A5 A6 A12 3 15 18
Personalized attention 5 0 5
(*)The information in the planning table is for guidance only and does not take into account the heterogeneity of the students.

Methodologies Description
Introductory activities During the first class of the semester, students will complete several activities related to language and translation. These quizzes will help professors to determine each student's linguistic competence and personal interests within translation.
Guest lecture / keynote speech The professors will introduce each topic with an oral exposition to discuss the most relevant theoretical concepts and their potential and factual application in practice.
Workshop Students in small and medium-sized groups will be responsible to complete several supervised tasks (individual and group translation practices, presentations, debates, problem solving, etc).
Supervised projects Students are required to complete several supervised activities related to translation. These activities include group and individual work, as well as classroom and homework exercises.
Workbook Specific readings on translation.
Mixed objective/subjective test Students will have to complete a final exam in June in order to test each student's competence in translation practice and translation theory.

Personalized attention
Supervised projects
Besides regular supervision in the classroom, professors offer weekly office hours and e-mail contact, and they encourage students to use them for advising purposes.

Methodologies Competencies Description Qualification
Mixed objective/subjective test A1 A4 A5 A6 A12 The final exam will have FOUR different parts: a translation into English (20%); a translation into Galician (10%); a translation into Spanish (10%), and some theoretical questions or theory applied to texts (10%). Students will be required to get at least a 4 score (out of 10) in each of these FOUR parts in order to pass the exam. 50
Workshop B6 B2 C3 English part (25%):
1. Individual translation (English-Spanish): 15%
2. Group translation (4 to 6 students) (Spanish-English): 10%

Spanish part (12.5%):
Supervised English-Spanish translation activities and exercises (in-class). Professors will inform about the grade value of each exercise or activity.

Galician part (12.5%):
A translation activity. Professors will inform about and supervise this activity.
Assessment comments

-All essays, activities and exercises must be handed in in due time and proper form.

-Students who violate University rules on academic dishonesty (plagiarism, cheating, etc) will be subject to disciplinary penalties, including failure of that exam, activity or failure of the whole subject.

-Regular attendance and active participation is very important for the study of this subject.

-Students will be able to use the June opportunity to retake failed translations and exercises from the Spanish section. The Spanish section professors will publish equivalent translations and exercises in the Moodle platform,

-Students who do not attend the official exams will obtain a "Non Presentado" (absent from assessment) mark.

-In the July and December opportunities students will have to take the Final Exam, and they will also have to hand in all the corresponding activities from the workshop hours.

- July opportunity: In order to receive a grade for the individual and group activities done during the semester in the English part, students are required to do equivalent translation activities that must be handed in prior to the official exam date.

- July opportunity: In order to receive a grade for the translations and exercises done during the semester in the Spanish part, students are required to do equivalent exercises. The professors will offer these exercises via the Moodle platform.

-Those who are officially registered as part-time students, and have been granted permission not to attend classes, as stipulated in the regulations of this University, will be assessed in either of the opportunities according to the same criteria specified for the second opportunity.

Students sitting the December exam (final exam brought forward) will be assessed according to the criteria specified for the second opportunity.

-ADI is a university office specialised in attending to members of the university with special needs due to discapacity or other differentiating situations with regard to the rest of the community. Students can talk to the coordinator for more information, or contact ADI directly at, or by phone ext. 5622, or via email:

About plagiarism

In this subject, the Turnitin tool could be used in the evaluation of essays and activities. Based on the recommendations of the Xunta de Facultade, the following text is added for the students' consideration: Turnitin is an application for teachers to review parts of a text from other texts and indicate their origin. This tool can identify papers presented previously in this or other universities, including those written by the same student. If this circumstance occurs, it will be understood that it is contrary to academic honesty, and the academic regulations for evaluations, grades, etc. will be applied.

Sources of information
Basic Mott, Brian & Marta Mateo (2009). Diccionario-guía de traducción español-inglés, inglés-español. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona
Berman, Antoine (2003). La prueba de lo ajeno. Cultura y traducción en la Alemania romántica. Las Palmas: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Servicio de Publicaciones
Boonefoy, Yves (2002). La traducción de Poesía. Valencia: Pre-Textos
Valesio, Paolo & Rafael-Jose Díaz (Eds.) (1996). Literatura y traducción. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: U.I.M.P.
Gonzalo García, Consuelo & Valentín García Yebra (eds.) (2004). Manual de documentación y terminología para la traducción especializada. Madrid: Arco Libros
Gómez-Montero, Javier (ed.) (2008). Nuevas pautas de traducción literaria. Madrid: Visor Libros
Doce, Jordi (ed.) (2007). Poesía en Traducción. Madrid: Círculo de Bellas Artes
Ricoeur, Paul (2005). Sobre la traducción. Barcelona: Paidós
García Palacios, Joaquín & M.ª Teresa Fuentes Morán (eds.) (2002). Texto, terminología y traducción. Salamanca: Almar
Vidal Claramonte, María del Carmen África (1995). Traducción, manipulación, descontrucción. Salamanca: Colegio de España
Bassnet, Susan & André Lefevere (eds.) (1995). Translation, History and Culture. London: Cassell

Other sources:

Ávila, Alejandro. La censura del doblaje cinematográfico en España. Barcelona: CIMS, 1998.

Bernal Merino, Miguel Ángel. La traducción audiovisual: análisis práctico de la traducción para los medios audiovisuales e introducción a la teoría de la traducción filológica. Alicante: Universidad de Alicante, 2002.

Marset Mabel, Richard. La alegría de transformar: teorías de la traducción y teoría del doblaje audiovisual. Valencia: Tirant Lo Blanch, 2009.

Martí Ferriol, José Luis y Ana Muñoz Miguel. Estudios de traducción e interpretación. Entornos de especialidad. Vol II. Valencia: universidad Jaume I, 2012.

Merino, Raquel et al, eds. Trasvases culturales: literatura, cine, traducción. Pajares: Universidad del País Vasco, 2005.

VV.AA. Traducción para el doblaje y la subtitulación. Madrid: Cátedra, 2001.

An extended bibliography will be published in the Moodle Platform.

Subjects that it is recommended to have taken before

Subjects that are recommended to be taken simultaneously

Subjects that continue the syllabus

Other comments

(*)The teaching guide is the document in which the URV publishes the information about all its courses. It is a public document and cannot be modified. Only in exceptional cases can it be revised by the competent agent or duly revised so that it is in line with current legislation.