Teaching Translation Theory: The Challenges of Theory Framing

Authors

KAMENICKÁ Renata

Year of publication 2011
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Theories and Practice: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on English and American Studies
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Web http://conference.uaa.utb.cz/TheoriesAndPractice2010.pdf#page=127
Field Linguistics
Keywords translation theory; teaching; institutional translator training; prescriptive vs. descriptive approaches; metaskill; Douglas Robinson
Description This paper links the ongoing debate on the relevance of translation theory for translation practice to the experience from the first two years of the Master’s degree programme in translation at the Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University. Opinions and attitudes concerning the usefulness of translation theory expressed by students who had been exposed to the translation theory package offered in the programme are drawn on and analyzed in terms of prevailing tendencies. The importance of the translational metaskill outlined by Douglas Robinson (1997) is emphasized and linked to translation theory teaching. Overall, the paper attempts to answer the question as to how student expectations can be reconciled with what translation theory can offer students.