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FR1004: Skills and Techniques for Translation

Terms 1 and 2

This course is compulsory for French Single Honours and Majors; optional for Joint Honours 

Course tutor: Dr Emily Salines

By the end of this course, you should be able to: 


  • Extract meaning from a range of texts (written texts and recordings) using a range of strategies
  • use dictionaries and other resources and efficiently to develop your vocabulary
  • translate into English simple texts and recordings
  • recognise the potential of written material as a linguistic teaching and learning resource and how to use this material to develop your knowledge of French
  • highlight and re-use new grammatical structures and vocabulary
  • Present material orally and in writing, in French.


The course will be based on written and recorded material, selected principally from the French press (newspapers, magazines, specialist journals, web-based material, etc...) and the French radio. Extracts of literary texts and films may be used as appropriate. Weekly exercises will include:


  • Vocabulary work
  • Comprehension exercises
  • Rewriting exercises
  • Translation exercises
  • Summary exercises
  • Grammar work

An important feature of the course is that it helps you develop an autonomous approach to learning languages by giving you the tools they need to work on a wide range of material to develop your knowledge of French grammar, vocabulary and culture.


The course is taught weekly (1 hour a week), and you are expected to spend 6 hours a week on personal work (guidance will be given).



Core material will be on Moodle.

You need to buy:

Petit Robert (French Monolingual Dictionary)
Collins-Robert (Bilingual Dictionary)
Margaret Jubb and Annie Rouxeville, French Grammar in Context, Routledge, latest edition.



50% coursework : oral presentation (10%), Practical skill exercises (20%) and Listening exercises (20%).

50% portfolio to be handed in at the beginning of term 3.





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