Competencies and objectives
Course context for academic year 2015-16
Traducción español/inglés e inglés/español de textos especializados de los ámbitos técnico y científico con aplicación de bases teóricas, terminologías y documentación.
Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)
Ability to communicate in the different working languages: languages A (Catalan/Spanish, Level C2 of the European framework), languages B (Level B2/C1), languages C (Level B1/B2 for languages that are taught in secondary education and Level A2/B1 for those not taught in secondary education) and languages D (Level A1/A2). Ability to communicate (oral and written) is understood to refer to understanding and expression and includes grammatical subcompetence (mastery of the linguistic code), sociolinguistic subcompetence (regulates adaptation to the context and is linked with the linguistic variation occurring according the different register elements), pragmatic subcompetence (related to functional use of the language and mastery of discourse, cohesion and coherence). Communicative competence must include at least two languages and cultures (includes passive and active communication stages, as well as the textual conventions of different working cultures and the corresponding cultural, encyclopaedic and thematic knowledge).
Instrumental competence. Includes the use of documentary sources, terminology search and the management of glossaries, databases, etc., and also the use of the most useful computer applications for exercising the profession (text editors, desktop publishers, databases, Internet, e-mail, translation and editing programmes, translation memories, etc.), as well as other tools such as the fax, dictaphone and the mechanisms and apparatus needed for interpreting booths, etc.).
Competence to exercise the profession on the labour and deontological market, consisting of the knowledge and skills related to acting as a professional translator and the job market. Includes basic knowledge for managing one's professional practice and factors associated with public and private law, the economy and business (contracts, tax obligations, budgets, financial aspects, invoicing, etc.) and with the deontological code and professional associations. Also such skills as memory, reflexes, creativity, capacities such as trustworthiness, attention span, organisation and planning, memory, capacity for analysis and synthesis, automation of the most common tasks, decision-making, interest in a job well done and a professional approach, the ability to adapt to new situations, initiative, etc. In addition, interpersonal skills such as the ability to relate with others and professional teamwork, not only with other translators and professionals in the field (proof-readers, documentalists, terminologists), but also with clients, initiators, authors, users and experts in the subjects being translated, etc.
Competence in transference or strategy, understood as the ability to carry out the transference process from the original text and re-express it in the mother tongue according to the purpose of the translation, the characteristics of the recipient and other parameters of the translation project for all kinds of general and specialised texts. Includes subcompetences relating to the procedures applied for organising the work involved, identifying and solving problems and self-assessment, documentation strategies and the ability to use procedures to compensate for deficiencies in other subcompetences and solve problems during the translation process.
Ethical commitment. The capacity to commit oneself ethically to sustainability, fundamental rights, the equality of men and women, the principles of equal opportunities and universal accessibility for the disabled, as well as the values of a peaceful democratic society.
Specific Competences (CE):>>For CG1
Understand all kinds of texts (oral and written), both general and specialised (languages A, B and C), in the corresponding working language.
Develop communicative strategies.
Develop reading and writing strategies.
Develop linguistic knowledge from contrasting elements.
Evaluate multilingual and cultural diversity positively.
Understand general aspects of the sociocultural contexts of the languages studied.
Express oneself orally and in writing about general and specialist subjects (languages A, B and C).
Analyse the textual parameters of all kinds of general or specialist text (languages A, B and C).
Revise (languages A and B) all kinds of text (orthography, morphosyntax, style, typography), etc.
Synthesise the information from documents of several types of text.
Produce oral and written texts adapted to the communication function, type of register, etc.
Correctly identify structures with grammatical problems.
Learn to use general works of consultation correctly and autonomously (grammars, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, reference manuals, etc.).
Apply extralinguistic knowledge to text comprehension.
Specific Competences (CE):>>For CG2
Use computer resources and applications that are useful for translation (terminology management programs, translation memories, CAT or automatic programs, databases, search engines, etc.).
Master information and document search techniques.
Master basic interpreting instruments and tools.
Specific Competences (CE):>>For CG3
Understand how the translation market works (type of translator, types of translation, type of task, etc.).
Develop the capacity for logical and critical reasoning.
Develop cognitive skills related to interpreting (attention span, instant comprehension, memory, rapid reflexes, physical and mental stamina, capacity for self-criticism, etc.).
Develop the desire for rigor, quality and a professional approach to one's work.
Understand the professional aspects of interpreting (job market, ethical principles and protocols, types and stages of work, etc.).
Organise work and design, manage and coordinate translation projects.
Ability to make decisions.
Ability to work autonomously.
Develop interpersonal skills in the context of linguistic mediation.
Proofread rigorously and guarantee the quality of translations.
Specific Competences (CE):>>For CG4
Understand the technical aspects, current translation trends and other interdisciplinary approaches in the field of translation.
Apply theoretical knowledge to practical translation.
Assimilate the communicative purpose of translation, the importance of quality in the target language and the importance of the comprehension stage.
Assimilate the dynamism and textual nature of equivalence in translation.
Assimilate the importance of extralinguistic knowledge and the need for documentation.
Develop creativity to solve translation problems.
Know how to cover the different stages of the translation process.
Learning outcomes (Training objectives)
Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2015-16