The course aims to improve practical skill in translation from Indonesian into English along with knowledge of translation principles. It deals with a wide range of texts from literature and the print media. Classes involve a good deal of work in small groups or pairs, mainly identifying translation problems and comparing and evaluating solutions. As well as preparing translations of their own, students will criticise published translations.
A separate component of the course focuses on Colloquial Jakartan Indonesian. It aims simply to teach students to comprehend texts written in that variety, which is becoming the standard informal style of the language. (In the case of native Indonesian-speaking students only, this component will be replaced by further work on translation.)
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Advanced level of Indonesian to:
1. Analyse orthographic differences between standard and colloquial written Indonesian.
2. Analyse the semantic features of Indonesian words and expressions in order to choose between potential English equivalents, and comprehend a range of vocabulary items specific to colloquial Indonesian.
3. Analyse the frequency of Indonesian phrase and sentence structures in order to choose between potential English equivalents, and comprehend a range of phrase and sentence structures specific to colloquial Indonesian.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural contexts of a wide variety of literary and non-literary texts to choose a suitable approach for translating them and solutions to specific translation problems.
In-class tests of translation x 2: 20% (LOs 2,3,4)
Take-home assignments: translation + commentary x 2: 50% (LOs 2,3,4)
Final exam in reading colloquial Indonesian: 20% (LOs 1,2,3)
Class performance: 10% (LOs 1,2,3,4)
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Newmark, M., A Textbook of Translation, Phoenix ELT, Hertfordshire, 1995
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