2022 English Language and Cultures 15

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English language courses
Kiuchi Kumiko 
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Course description and aims

Aims of this course is that students acquire knowledge about different aspects of English language and culture through the scope of "translation". "Translation" is generally understood as transferring the meaning of a text written in one language to another language while retaining the original meaning. However, the generation of meaning (semantic generation) results from complex combinations of linguistic systems, social contexts and cultural value. Translation is the product of this interpretative process. In this class, we will study a variety of Japanese literature translated into English, and English literature into Japanese while comparing their linguistic and cultural aspects and their relations to the positionality of the translator. Students will improve their English skills by communicating with their peers in English.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to
・have discussions and give presentations in English
・have better understanding of English language and culture and intercultural communication through the scope of translation.


Translation, Intercultural communication  

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The class consists of the tutor's mini-lecture, students' group work and discussion, and their presentations. The class is taught in English. As the tutor is Japanese and fluent in Japanese, students are encouraged to ask questions in both English and Japanese.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to the course and translation studies Students understand how the class will be conducted, and the aims and scopes of the course.
Class 2 Grammatical differences Students understand the content covered in the class.
Class 3 Rhetorical hedging and indirectness Students understand the content covered in the class.
Class 4 Register, tone, emphasis, repetition and parallelism Students understand the content covered in the class.
Class 5 The Spoken word Students understand the content covered in the class.
Class 6 Review of 3Q Students understand the content covered in the class.
Class 7 Translation: peer-critique Students understand the content covered in the class.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Judy Wakabayashi (2021), Japanese-English Translation: An Advanced Guide, Routledge.

Assessment criteria and methods

Activities in class (Google forms) 60%
Participation in the translation sessions 20%
Submission of the final draft of the translation 10%
Review session: 10%

Related courses

  • LAE.E484 : English Language and Cultures 16

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)



It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with Seminar: Language and Culture(English) 16.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.
The content of the course is subject to change to suit the needs of the registrants.

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