Translation of EU Texts
Teaching Staff: Sosoni Vilelmini
Course Code: YE-0604
Gram-Web Code: ΜΚΕΕ01
Course Category: Specific Background
Course Type: Compulsory Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: English / Greek
Semester: Any Winter
Total Hours: 2
Erasmus: Not Available
E Class Page: https://opencourses.ionio.gr/courses/DFLTI356/
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The module seeks to introduce students to the translation of EU texts. This involves an introduction to the nooks and crannies of the European edifice as well as the idiosyncracies of EU texts. Emphasis is given on the linguistic equality of EU texts and their subsequent surface similarity and ‘hybridity’. Students learn how to produce texts which not only conform to Target Readership (TR) expectations and are terminologically accurate, but which are also in line with the EU Institutions demands and guidelines. As a result, students become effective users of the phraseology, expression terminology and idiolect of EU texts. They learn how to cope with the socio-political EU context and at the same time meet the market demand for highly-competent translators of EU texts. Students are also familiarised with the language of politics, the characteristics of speeches, the art of spin, as well as various types of propaganda writing, such as Web texts produced by the EU Institutions and addressed to the wide public. Finally, they are familiarised with the EU tools available to translators and with the European Commission's Machine Translation System (eTranslation).
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- understand the European construction and the wider socio-political context in which EU texts are produced
- distinguish the different genres and specific features of EU texts (e.g., linguistic equality, surface similarity, hybridity, intertextuality)
- translate EU texts (political, economic, legal, etc.) following the guidelines and strict standards set by the EU institutions
- resolve translation problems relating, inter alia, to terminology, phraseology and idiosyncracies of EU texts
- make effective use of the electronic resources and translation tools provided by the EU
- be competitive in the labor market by being aware of career opportunities in the EU institutions and bodies.
Week 1: Overview of the course: Translating for the European Union, a historical overview and the policy of multilingualism (Europe in 12 Lessons).
Week 2: EU institutions, decision-making and decentralized agencies.
Week 3: Lawmaking in the EU, multilingualism, linguistic equality, collective and non-native speaker drafting, textual hybridity. Analysis of legislative texts.
Week 4: Lack of equivalence of legal concepts, hybridity of the EU legal system, autonomous legal concepts, terminology issues, neologisms and cultural-specific items. The illusion of equivalence.
Week 5: Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), preliminary rulings, case law of the Court of Justice. Analysis of court decisions.
Week 6: Translation of EU texts and restrictions posed in the EU Institutions' drafting and translation style guides: Interinstitutional Style Guide, Greek Style Guide, Joint practical guide of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission for persons involved in the drafting of legislation within the Community Institutions, Guide for External Translators.
Week 7: Hands-on session: Translating a text from the lawmaking process.
Week 8: Hands-on session: Translating a text from the lawmaking process.
Week 9: Hands-on session: Translating a Press Release.
Week 10: Web text translation. WEB Texts Translation Style Guide. Ideology and translation, propaganda, the art of persuasion.
Week 11: Hands-on session: Web text translation. Editing a translated text.
Week 12: Editing a translated text.
13th week: Translating for the EU: Job opportunities, market requirements, EU competitions (EPSO). Recap session, Q & A.
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The lesson has a hybrid lecture-workshop format. It is largely based on the interaction with students and classroom discussion. Hands-on sessions focus on practical aspects of the issues covered and described during the lectures. Students have hands-on sessions translating official texts produced by the EU Institutions. The class material is made available on the e-class platform.
Several ICT tools are used, mainly ppt presentations, online videos and Internet resources. The class material is made available on the Open e-class platform.
A final written assignment is used to assess the students. It consists of a translation of an official EU text and a commentary on the translation problems they encountered and the strategies they used to address them, backing them by the theory they learnt during the semester or a terminology assignment.