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The effectiveness of a composite translator training model for Syrian translation masters studen

Mannaa, MZ 2011, The effectiveness of a composite translator training model for Syrian translation masters studen , PhD thesis, Salford : University of Salford.

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    Abstract

    This thesis tests whether a translation training programme, combining the theoretical principles adopted in Hervey and Higgins' Thinking Translation series and in Bolanos' dynamic translation model, helps to improve Arab MA translation students' performance in English-to-Arabic translation. The course materials used were taken from Thinking Arabic Translation and Supplement to Thinking Arabic Translation. The experimental group were MA translation students at the Higher Institute of Translation and Interpretation, University of Damascus, while MA translation students at the University of Petra (Amman) were used as a control group. Both groups of students were given an initial translation exam. The University of Damascus students (but not the University of Petra) students were then given a 20-hour one-month translation training programme. At the end of this period, both the Damascus students and the University of Petra students were given a final translation exam. All errors made by both groups of students in the initial exam were precisely analysed, using Hervey and Higgins' matrices-level-rank model, as were all errors made by both groups of students in the final exam. The results showed that while University of Petra students had not improved between the initial exam and the final exam, University of Damascus students had made a significant improvement. These results corroborate the view that the theoretical principles developed by Hervey and Higgins, as operationalised for Arabic/English translation in Thinking Arabic Translation and Supplement to Thinking Arabic Translation, help to improve students' English/Arabic translation performance.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Contributors: Dickinson, JH(Supervisor)
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Institutional Repository
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 14:34
    Last Modified: 18 Feb 2014 14:20
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/26796

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