LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - GERMAN III
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims at the acquisition of advanced translation skills from German into Italian, particularly in the literary field. At the end of the course the student will be able to:
- recognize the function(s) of a text;
- carry out a thorough text analysis with the purpose of better translating the text;
- classify texts based on pragmatic, lexical and syntactical factors;
- distinguish the specificities of literary translation, particularly of children’s literature;
- read and analyze in an efficient manner texts with an intermediate level of difficulty;
- critically reflect on and motivate his/her own translation choices, also comparing them with different translations;
- use the correct terminology in the explanation of the own translation choices.
B2 level of German
Course contents summary
text analysis, theory and practice of translation
The course includes a theoretical and a practical part. The theoretical part mainly consists in introducing the basics of text analysis and translation studies and will also include, in addition to a general reflection upon the essence of translating, a thorough study of the stages of the translation process and of the paper and electronic instruments available for translators. The acquired knowledge will then be applied to practical case studies in the field of children’s literature, in particular some modern fables will be translated into Italian. The didactic progression will take into account the typical mistakes that Italians make when translating from German into Italian and training will include not just autonomous translations of texts never translated before, but also the comparison of different translations of the same source text (a famous children’s book called Max und Moritz). Peers will compare their translation options and they will also analyze “official” translations made by professionals. They will thus go through the whole translation process, from the comprehension and interpretation of the source text to the final revision. The translations handed in by the students before the oral examination will be subject to approval for publishing.
Students must attend language assistants’ lessons as well (see lesson timetable). Non-attending students are requested to contact the teacher in due advance by e-mail or at office hours for counseling.
References for translation training and case studies:
Busch Wilhelm, Max und Moritz. Eine Bubengeschichte in sieben Streichen, garant, Renningen, 2018, ISBN: 9783735916648.
Reference for theory:
Kautz Ulrich, Handbuch und Didaktik des Übersetzens und Dolmetschens, iudicium, München, 2002, ISBN: 3891294492, p. 47-137.
Martinelli Luisa, Imparare a tradurre. Corso di base per tradurre dal tedesco all’italiano, UNI Service, Trento, 2005, pp. 10-15, 27-28, 32-33, 37, 56-60, 65-67, 90-91.
Further bibliography will be given during the lessons.
Lectures with students' active participation will alternate with text
analysis and translation training (individual + small groups). The slides
used to support the lessons will be uploaded to the Elly platform, to which
the students can access through the online enrollment. The slides are an
integral part of the didactic material indicated in the bibliography. Nonattending
students shall check all the didactic material available, as well as the instructiond given by the professor through the Elly platform.
Assessment methods and criteria
Competencies and skills will be assessed through two types of summative examination:
1) two compulsory written examinations, to be taken before the oral examination: lector’s examination and translation. There are three parts to the lector’s examination (listening, reading, writing). The translation examination consists in the translation of a fable from Italian into German. Every written examination lasts 3 hours. Written examinations are assessed with marks ranging from 0 to 30 and the final mark will be calculated on the average of the written and oral examinations.
2) an oral examination based on the basics of theory and the ability to apply them. The oral examination will be held in German. One week before the oral examination, the students are bound to send a previously agreed-upon fable to the professor by mail. The students will be expected to discuss all the texts analyzed and translated in class. Both the contents and the language used to express them will be assessed. The mark will be communicated to the student immediately after the oral examination. Please remember that the enrollment to the round is COMPULSORY both for the written and for the oral examinations.
A negative assessment will be given if that the student is unable to attain the minimum requirements of the course. Sufficient evaluation (18-23/30) is determined by the demonstration by the student to have learned the basic and minimum contents of the course. The mean scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a level more than sufficient (24-25/30) or good (26-27/30) evaluation indicators listed
above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded based on the demonstration of a level as very good to excellent evaluation indicators listed above.