Today there is an increasing need for translations dealing with economic and trade-related information due to international business development and growing foreign business markets. The course will provide students with further practice in translating a variety of text types sourced mostly from these spheres. Areas studied will include, but not be limited to, Marketing, Foreign Trade, the Labour Market, Logistics, Retail Business, Contracts, and Finance. Texts will be analysed and focus will be placed on the terminology, micro language, formulaic expressions, and register typically associated with these kinds of text. There will also be analysis of the morphological and lexical features common to texts of this kind. Comparative analysis and parallel texts will be used to help students develop and apply strategies to produce a plausible target text in English. The course is language- and direction-specific, i.e. Italian–English.
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
- analyse a text relating to business, economics, and commerce, and identify features which are potentially problematic
- identify divergences in grammatical structures and culturally specific items and provide acceptable equivalents
- draw on a range of relevant formulaic expressions and lexical areas
- recognise and correct unauthentic language features of the target text
- provide a plausible target text in English
At the end of the module students will be expected to sit for a 2-hour exam where they will be asked to translate a short text (approx. 200–300 words) from Italian into English or alternatively they will be assigned a longer mini-project (500-600 words) for which they will need to provide details of all sources and parallel texts consulted, both online and hard copy. The text will be of a similar type to those dealt with during the course.
Texts sourced from websites, newspapers, magazines, and company brochures will be provided by the course tutor.