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Language Acquisition; Translation: Translator's Tools

Course 2010-2011

Admission Requirements


Translators have a wide variety of sources and tools that they can use in their work. Their problem, in the internet age, is not that information is lacking, but that it is difficult to find. Translator’s Tools is a heuristics course, in which students will learn how to find and use reference tools, including CAT (computer-assisted translation tools), and how to conduct and write up translation-related research. Furthermore, the course explores how other disciplines, such as semantics, pragmatics, rhetoric, stylistics and culture studies can help the translator. Finally, the relationship between editing and translation will be dealt with in theory and practice.

Course Objectives

  • Ability to find and work with reference tools
  • Knowledge of CAT-tools
  • Ability to conduct translation-related research


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

Mode of Instruction

One hour tutorial per week.


Class participation; report


This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

Reading materials available on Blackboard


Students can register through uSis.

Contact information

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