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Course Description

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This course provides an introduction to the art and techniques of French-English translation.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Read various forms of written French language;
  2. Write in French using an appropriate style for the context (conversation, literary, academic);
  3. Identify and describe the different levels of French language in oral and written contexts;
  4. Translate discreet sentences and an informative or literary text from French to English;
  5. Describe and apply the translation techniques of traduction litérale, calque, emprunt, transposition, modulation, équivalence, adaptation; and
  6. Articulate the advantages and disadvantages of using machine translation and identify its proper uses.

Course Topics

  • Introduction – Prendre connaissance du Cours. La TA, la TAO et l’évaluation d’un traducteur en ligne
  • Notions de base
  • Traduction littérale, l’emprunt, le calque
  • La transposition
  • La modulation
  • L’équivalence
  • L’adaptation, la compensation, la dépersonnalisation, l’étoffement, le dépouillement
  • Le texte journalistique
  • La traduction spécialisée
  • La traduction littéraire
  • Les défis de la traduction
  •  Les défis de la traduction

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): FREN*1300 or FREN*2030


Assessment Item


Learning Outcomes

Analysis of Machine Translation


1, 2, 3

Quizzes on readings


1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Short text translations and analysis


1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Final Exam


1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Total 100% 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

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