French Translation


2017-2018 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

Certificate
12 hours

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences/International Languages and Cultures Department.

For information on general requirements for the certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures. Note: Students must successfully complete coursework with a grade of B- or better.

This certificate introduces students to the basic tools, methods, resources, and understanding they will need to begin professional work translating French texts into English.

In our global society intercultural communication assumes an increasingly central role. Translation has become a thriving professional field in the United States and promises diverse applications of students' linguistic, technological, and intercultural skills. The certificate at Webster proposes high-impact pedagogic practices. Rather than focusing solely on theory in the classroom, the majority of the courses target specific fields of practical translation and provide students with hands-on experience in these areas: legal, medical and scientific, commercial and financial, technical, and literary. The resulting translations of real-world documents will become part of each student's professional portfolio.

The certificate courses are offered in the 8-week format and can therefore be completed within a year. Students may choose to complete the four-course sequence or they may take individual courses to satisfy specific needs.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Achieve at least an advanced-mid level of proficiency in French, according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines. Methods for determining the proficiency level may include an oral interview, a written test, and a writing sample. Contact the department chair for further details.
  • Describe the history and theories of translation and be able to articulate their position in regards to the latter.
  • Write in a professional manner in both English and French.
  • Identify grammatical, lexical and cultural differences between French and English that impact the quality of translation.
  • Identify and demonstrate the basic skills required of professional translators in the current market, including an understanding of popular software translation programs.
  • Be proficient in using specific vocabulary, troubleshooting, and understanding common documents in at least two different technical areas of translation.
  • Understand the different types of accreditation available for translators in the United States and will be familiar with the testing procedures and requirements.

Requirements

Admission

Students whose native language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 600. The certificate also requires an entrance level of intermediate-high proficiency in French (according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines). Methods for determining the proficiency level may include an oral interview, a written test, and a writing sample. Contact the department chair for further details or to initiate the admission procedure.

Course Requirements

Core Courses:

  • TRFR 4090: Introduction to Translation Studies (3 hours)
  • TRSL 4000: Professional Translation Practices (3 hours)

2 courses selected among the following:

  • TRFR 4100: Legal Translation (3 hours)
  • TRFR 4150: Medical and Scientific Translation (3 hours)
  • TRFR 4170: Financial and Commercial Translation (3 hours)
  • TRFR 4180: Technical Translation (3 hours)
  • TRFR 4250: Literary Translation (3 hours)

Students must successfully complete coursework with a grade of B- or better.