GERMAN 470 - Workshop in Translation
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Two courses taught in German beyond GERMAN 232.
May not be repeated for credit.
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During this course, students should develop and demonstrate competence in translating texts from German to English in a variety of specialist fields. These fields will be divided into such categories as: science/technology; business/finance; literature/art; politics /journalistic prose/current events; and general (including song texts, advertisements, proverbs and euphemisms, historical texts, handwriting samples, short sample texts in Frakturschrift and S├╝tterlinschrift).

By the end of the course, students should be able to produce one translation project that demonstrates they could meet the requirements of the American Translators Association Certification Exam in one of the above fields.

It is not expected that students show ATA-level competence in all of the fields listed above. Rather, each of these fields will be addressed throughout the academic term, and students will be asked to choose a specialist field for their course project.

Students will be expected to become adept at recognizing and properly translating register, that is, the level of formality of a source text (ST). This means students should become comfortable assessing how formal a text is, so that they can produce the proper rendering of register in the target text (TT).

In order to achieve full success in the course, it will be necessary for students to demonstrate proper command of English grammar and usage, as well as various linguistic aspects that are peculiar to the practice of translating German into English.

Students will be expected to leave the course with a practical, working understanding of the business of translation, as it is carried out by freelance translators and translation bureaus.

Course Requirements:

Strong German skills, particularly in reading comprehension; Attendance and participation; Successful completion of translation assignments; Successful completion of the final translation project; Acceptable performance on one of the ATA certification practice examinations taken in class.

Intended Audience:

Advanced German students

Class Format:

This class will meet online on every other Monday, starting with the second week of class (Sept 6). Wednesdays and alternating Mondays will meet in person.


GERMAN 470 - Workshop in Translation
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001 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Meets online every second Monday.

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