69562 - Translation from English into Italian II (Second Language)

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  • Teacher Annalisa Crea

  • Credits 5

  • SSD L-LIN/12

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Forli

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Intercultural and Linguistic Mediation (cod. 8059)


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

Quality education Reduced inequalities Climate Action Oceans

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The student knows the basic tools (grammar books, dictionaries and corpora of parallel and/or comparable texts) and basic translation methods (reformulation, editing and revision of a target text). S/he is able to apply these tools and methods to the task of translating a variety of texts, even complex ones, from English (as a second language) into Italian. S/he is able to identify and use the most adequate basic translation strategies, depending on the communicative functions of the texts to be translated.

Course contents

Students will be presented with a wide variety of text genres, both literary/journalistic and semi-specialistic. They will also be introduced to a variety of resources (mainly search engines and parallel/comparable texts). Before proceeding to the translation, texts will be carefully analysed in order to identify the function(s) and dominant(s) and the most adequate translation approach.

Students will also be introduced to self- and other-revision activities, in order to improve their awareness of decision-making in translation.


Suggested readings

  • Cavagnoli, F. (2012), La voce del testo. L’arte e il mestiere di tradurre, Feltrinelli
  • Faini, P. (2004), Tradurre. Dalla teoria alla pratica, Carocci
  • Morini M. (2016), Tradurre l'inglese. Il Mulino.
  • Mossop, B. (2007), Revising and Editing for Translators (second edition), St. Jerome
  • Osimo, B. (2004), Manuale del traduttore, Hoepli
  • Pym, A. (2014), Exploring Translation Theories, Routledge
  • Scarpa, F. (2008), La traduzione specializzata: Un approccio didattico professionale, Hoepli

Teaching methods

Lessons take place mainly in workshop-like mode: students will be asked to discuss the translations and to engage in a fruitful peer-to-peer exchange aimed at reflecting critically on the adopted translation strategies and at developing the ability to motivate their choices.

Lessons include translation and text analysis exercises (individual or in small groups), the correction of (and reflection on) individual translations carried out as homework, and post-translation revision activities (peer-review).

Students are expected to attend at least 70% of the module lessons.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by means of a 2-hour written examination at the end of the course. Students will be asked to translate a text (300 words) belonging to one of the text types introduced in class. Students will be allowed to use all the resources presented during the module (search engines and corpora, as well as online and/or paper dictionaries).

Students will also take a mid-term mock exam whose result will not be considered in the computation of the final course mark.

The final mark for the entire course will result from the arithmetic average of the marks obtained in the two constituent modules (Translation from English into Italian and from Italian into English).

Grading scale

30-30L: Excellent level. The candidate possesses excellent translation, with a very high level of competence in the target language.

27-29: Above average level. The candidate makes only minor errors, and shows a solid command of the required skills and competences.

24–26: Generally sound level. The candidate displays a number of shortcomings, indicating a reasonable command of the required skills and competences.

21-23: Adequate level. The candidate displays significant shortcomings and only an adequate command of the required skills and competences.

18–20: Minimum level. The candidate only meets the minimum level required and shows a minimal command of the required skills and competences.

< 18 Fail: The candidate does not meet the required standard and shows a wholly inadequate command of the required skills and competences.

Teaching tools

  • Computers with Internet connection (students) and with beamer (lecturer)
  • Paper and/or online monolingual and bilingual dictionaries (Italian/English)
  • Online translation resources (search engines, terminological databases and comparable texts)
  • Virtuale e-learning platform to share texts to be translated and other useful material

Office hours

See the website of Annalisa Crea