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Language Acquisition; Translation: Advanced Translation Dutch to English & English to Dutch

Course 2010-2011

Admission Requirements

Knowledge of Dutch. Completion of a translation course on BA-level. Students who haven’t completed a translation course should contact drs. A.A. Foster.


The aim of this advanced translation course is to familiarize its participants with the challenges a translator faces in practice. Practice makes perfect, which is why the emphasis lies on discussing the translations students have prepared at home and on doing translations that a professional translator may be expected to do. The texts will cover a wide range of topics and registers.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course students are able to translate a linguistically sophisticated, but non-specialist Dutch text into grammatically and stylistically correct English, and vice versa.


The timetable will be available from July 1 onwards on the Department website.

Mode of Instruction

One two-hour tutorial per week.


  • Presentation of an annotated translation and contributions to discussion in class (20%)
  • Average mark of the two annotated translations handed in during the course (40%)
  • Translation test (D-E;E-D) (40%)


This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

  • Advanced translation E-D-E – Vertalen voor gevorderden E-N-E, Reader, van Blackboard te downloaden.
  • Lemmens, M., & Parr, T. (2002). Handboek voor de vertaler Nederlands-Engels (praktische tips). Amsterdam: Intertaal.
  • Renkema, J. (2005). Schrijfwijzer. Den Haag: SDU Uitgevers.


Students can register through uSis.

Contact information

English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or mail:


Students are expected to still be in possession of the reference works prescribed for Language Acquisition 1. They should also consider buying the translation dictionaries by Van Dale.