Towards a Communicative Approach to Translation: A Teaching Experience

Rosalia Di Nisio (Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Straniere, Università degli Studi di Udine)


The article deals with the teaching experience in ‘Lingua Inglese e Traduzione I’ at Udine University in the first year of the Degree Course ‘Cultural Mediation’. The aim was to guide the students from a word-for-word approach to translation towards a communicative approach. A text is an act of communication and translation is a process to turn the message from one code into another across cultures. This account analyses and discusses a series of lessons in which mini-lectures were alternated with workshops, dealing with the following issues from translation studies: the problem of equivalence between languages, process in translation, text function and register. At the end of the article assessment criteria and first results are discussed.

DOI: 10.4424/lam32014-3


English language; Language teaching; Communicative approach; Translation

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