69558 - Translation from Italian into French II (Second Language)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Clean water and sanitation Climate Action

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The student will learn to use the main translation tools (grammars and dictionaries of different types, and corpora of parallel and/or comparable texts) and the methods (micro and macro-restructuring, editing and revision of the target text). The student will also be able to apply them in the translation of a variety of texts, even complex ones, from Italian into French - second language. The student will also be able to identify and apply the most appropriate fundamental translation strategies to the communicative/operational functions of the texts to be translated.

Course contents

The 40-hour module aims to raise students' awareness of various text types and to make them reflect on resources. The source texts will be as authentic as possible, to introduce the student to the profession of translator.

The importance of identifying textual typologies will be stressed in order to determine the most appropriate translation strategies; the strategies adopted by the students to identify problems will be compared. An attempt will be made to introduce the student to the acquisition and learning of a professional translation methodology that will follow the following scheme as closely as possible:

1) Careful reading of the text, aimed at identifying problematic terms or textual segments for reformulation in French;

2) Interpretation of the text and documentary investigation, necessary for a complete understanding of the subject; terminological research with particular attention to problems related to reliability, and limits, will also sensitize students to semantic-syntactic combinations, collocations and phenomena of homonymy and synonymy;

3) Translation: reformulation of the text in the target language trying to make the sense of the original text; drafting of the draft;

4) Rewriting: recomposition of a new material respecting the forms and formulations suitable for the French language;

5) Revision and control: rereading and individual and collective corrections.

In all phases of the course there will be alternating moments of individual work and moments of collaboration between students who will also be invited to set up working groups so that they can face together a text of their choice to present their translation proposal to the class group.

Each student will be asked to personally deal with the texts provided by the teacher, in order to obtain the best possible performance during the discussion of the translation choices, as well as to systematize the notions learnt for the final exam. In order to get at the elaboration, in an autonomous way, of a dynamic structure of knowledge, students will also be asked to carry out specific documentary and terminological research; to reflect on the use of equivalent corpora; to become familiar with the use of new technologies in order to exploit their resources.


Bidaud, F. (2014), Traduire le français d’aujourd’hui, UTET.

Podeur, J. (2002), La pratica della traduzione. Dal francese all’italiano e dall’italiano al francese, Liguori.

Further bibliographical references will be provided during the lessons.

Teaching methods

The course will be mainly held as seminar lessons, in which teacher and student discuss the most suitable translation strategies for the text being translated.

An exam simulation test will be organised towards the end of the course which will serve as a self-assessment of the progress made by the students. This test will have no normative value but only a formative value for the student.

The course foresees the compulsory attendance of at least 70% of the lessons in order to have access to the exam test.

Assessment methods

The following skills will be tested:

- knowledge of the main tools (grammars, dictionaries and textual corpora) and methods (analysis of the meaning of the source text and its transposition into the target text) basic translations

- and the ability to apply them in the translation of a variety of simple texts from Italian into French as well as

- the ability to identify and apply the basic translation strategies best suited to the communicative/operational functions of the texts to be translated,

At the end of the course the student will have to pass an exam which will consist of a written translation test of an Italian text into French which consists of about 300 words.

The grade obtained in this test will be added to that obtained in the passive translation test and then the average of the two results will be made.

For the translation students will be able to use the monolingual Italian and French dictionaries, as well as the main computer tools (the test will take place in a classroom equipped with computers).

The evaluation will be made taking into consideration the solutions adopted in the translation phase.

Teaching tools

Students will be using both online and paper dictionaries, press articles, encyclopedias and the Internet.

Office hours

See the website of Giorgio Charissiadis