Singapore University of Social Sciences

Introduction to Translation

Applications Open: 01 April 2019

Applications Close: 31 May 2019

Next Available Intake: July 2019

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education + (ACE+), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Language: Malay

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1312 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages


The course introduces concepts and issues in translation, leading to approaches, methods, and techniques and, finally, to practical sessions translating texts of different genres. The topics include (a) the development of translation, (b) the translation process (c) approaches to translation (c) the role of linguistics in translation: text and discourse; pragmatics and communication (d) translator competence: knowledge, skills, and attitudes. In a series of practical sessions, students will be exposed to a range of translation problems and methods available for resolving them

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in MyUniSIM. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Introduction
  • Approaches to Translation
  • Analysing text
  • Equivalence at the word level
  • Equivalence above the word level
  • Textual equivalence and Ethics

Learning Outcome

  • List the key concepts in translation. (B1)
  • Describe the development of translation. (B2)
  • Discuss the process of translation. (B2)
  • Identify translation problems. (B1)
  • Employ knowledge of translation to their work involving Malay language and culture. (B3)
  • Solve translation tasks (B3)
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