The role of theory in translation training: students’ perspectives

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


2015, Vol. 1. №4(4)

The role of theory in translation training: students’ perspectives

About the author:

Larisa G. Fedyuchenko, Cand. Sci. (Phylol.), Associate Professor, Institute of Philology and Journalism, Tyumen State University;


The article addresses one of the most controversial issues of translation education: the need of theoretical knowledge in the training of interpreters and translators. The author cites the standpoint of various domestic and foreign scientists, educators and professional translators. A brief overview of the papers on the problem of the relation of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in teaching translation is provided in the article. However, the author does not seek to join the scientific debate on the importance of translation theory in the training of translators and interpreters at the university level. The article focuses on the opinion of Tyumen State University graduate students enrolled in the Translation Studies major. The author describes the survey — the aim of which is to find out the volume of theoretical knowledge learned in the Theory of Translation course — and interprets the results. In conclusion, a series of problems of modern translation training course is outlined.


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