French Translation

Subject FREN20004 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours - 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


French 4 or French 6 or equivalent.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Semester 2
Semester 2
Semester 2
Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Henry Mera



Subject Overview:

This course will explore the comparative stylistics of French and English from a theoretical as well as a practical perspective. It will consist of lectures on the methodology of translation from French to English followed by tutorials where it will be put into practice. Students will explore aspects of literary, technical and official translation and their application in today’s world.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to understand the mechanics of translation in general and from French into English in particular;
  • be able to demonstrate their ability to translate several types of text from French into English;
  • have expanded on their knowledge and mastery of French and English linguistic components for a better comprehension and rendering of literary, technical and official texts;

  • have been introduced to some of the theory of translation through a study of comparative stylistics.

  • 3 in-class written tests during semester (2400 words) in weeks 4, 8 and 12 [60%]
  • 1 final written project due during the examination period (1600 words) [40%]

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:
  • Stylistique comparée du français et de l'anglais , J. Darbelnet and J.P. Vinay, Paris : Didier, 1996
  • Texts will be available on the LMS
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • have developed skills in critical thinking and analysis;
  • have developed attention to detail through close reading and analysis of texts;
  • have developed an underestanding of the relationship between language systems.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Major
Graduate Diploma in Arts - French

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