Certificate (Cert.) Translation: Spanish to French Option

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Courses & Workshops

Required Courses
CCTR 227 Spanish Translation 1. (3 credits)
Fall 2018
An introduction to the principles of translation through careful analysis and translation of selected texts with a view to building competence in translating from English and/or French into Spanish.
CCTR 232 Documentation and Terminology/Documentation et terminologie. (3 credits)
Skills needed for research in documentation and terminology; on- and off-line use of databanks, Internet resources as well as various forms of records and corpora; introduction to MT (machine translation), CAT (computer-assisted translation) and localization.
CCTR 233 Techniques: Rédaction pour traducteurs. (3 credits)
Spring/Summer 2018, Spring/Summer 2019
Les étudiants auront à rédiger d'une façon claire et concise en respectant les règles du code écrit. Ils apprendront à tirer profit de toutes les ressources stylistiques de la langue pour rendre leurs textes idiomatiques. Le cours portera sur différents aspects de la rédaction: publicité, rédaction commerciale, comptes rendus, communiqués de presse, et d'autres discours spécialisés.
CCTR 317 Comparative Stylistics: Spanish/English/French. (3 credits)
Fall 2018
Linguistic and stylistic comparisons among English, French and Spanish in relation to the practical study of translation. Comparative structural analysis of the languages is used to outline the common problems of translation and to develop strategies for dealing with them. Emphasis on grammar, syntax and style.
CCTR 331 Current Trends in Translation Studies . (3 credits)
Spring/Summer 2019
Introduction to prominent trends and discourses in translation studies. Text-centered approaches to the study of translation, including the analysis, contextualization and application of central concepts to describe translators' practices, followed by the study of sociological approaches. Empirical case studies selected will analyze the social conditions of production and dissemination of translations, as well as the agents and institutions that shape translation processes and practices, including translators’ professionalization.
CCTR 333 Spanish Translation to French. (3 credits)
Designed for students with a good working knowledge of Spanish, the course provides training in translation techniques from Spanish into French. Topics will cover areas of a general nature as well as business and administrative texts.
CCTR 340 Introduction to Spanish Text Revision. (3 credits)
Principles of evaluating and correcting texts written in Spanish or translated into Spanish from English or French. Proofreading techniques and editorial practices. Relationship between translation and text revision.
CCTR 360 Spanish Translation 2. (3 credits)
Winter 2019
The emphasis of this course is on translation from English/French into Spanish. Material chosen for this course will cover those areas which at the moment are in greatest demand: law, material related to international agreements on the environment; computer science, etc. / Cours de traduction anglais/français-espagnol. Les documents étudiés pendant le cours couvrent des sujets particulièrement d'actualité : droit, accords internationaux sur l'environnement, informatique, etc.
CCTR 437 Spanish Translation 3. (3 credits)
Fall 2018
Translation and localization of materials/texts from French and/or English into Spanish. Concentration on specialized domains including management, finance, and international and monetary economics.
Complementary Courses
CCOM 205 Communication in Management 1. (3 credits)
Fall 2018, Winter 2019
Written and oral communication in Management (in English): emphasis on strategies for identifying, analyzing, and solving writing and speaking problems. Course work based on academic and professional communication in management.
CCTR 230 Précis-Writing / Contraction: texte. (3 credits)
This course is intended to give translators additional training which will be of practical use in their work. The emphasis will be on the understanding and analysis of texts in order to determine the essential elements needed in précis writing. Exercises based on varied French and English texts are intended to familiarize students with the preparation of texts of a practical nature, e.g. reports, minutes, abstracts. The objective of the course is to train students to summarize a given text accurately and concisely in a way that respects the form and sophistication of the original text and exploits the idiomatic nature of the language./ Ce cours vise à donner au traducteur une formation complémentaire utile à son travail. L'accent sera mis sur la compréhension et l'analyse du texte pour en dégager les éléments essentiels à partir desquels l'étudiant aura à rédiger un résumé. Exercices à partir de textes français et anglais variés visant à donner à l'étudiant l'habitude de rédiger des textes d'ordre pratique : comptes rendus, procès-verbaux, condensés. L'objectif sera d'arriver à une expression juste et concise respectant la forme et le niveau du texte, la correction et le caractère idiomatique de la langue.
CCTR 401 Independent Studies: Translation. (3 credits)
Spring/Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019
Research, reading and special projects, permitting independent study under the guidance of a staff member specializing in the field of interest. Projects will have to be arranged individually with the instructors. A detailed study proposal must be submitted to the Director during the first week of class. / Recherche, lecture et projets spéciaux, permettant des études indépendantes sous la direction d'un membre du personnel spécialisé dans le domaine choisi par l'étudiant. Les projets doivent être conçus individuellement avec les chargés de cours. Projet d'étude détaillé à présenter au directeur pendant la première semaine de cours.
CCTR 441 Traduction Littéraire-Français. (3 credits)
Translation (English into French) of prose of literary quality ranging from the critical essay to the descriptive or psychological novel.
CCTR 442 Literary Translation-English. (3 credits)
Translation (French into English) of prose of literary quality ranging from the critical essay to the descriptive or psychological novel.
CCTR 500 Translation Practicum. (3 credits)
Spring/Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019
Students produce translated texts in a simulated translation office. A reviser will work with students under the guidance of the course instructor. The Practicum provides access to technology and documentation while teaching basic skills in practice development. / Les étudiants traduisent des textes à un service de traduction virtuel. Un réviseur travaillera avec les étudiants, en collaboration avec le chargé de cours. Accès à certaines technologies et à de la documentation.
CCTR 504 Professional Contexts. (3 credits)
Introduction to the national and international contexts of professional practice in translation. Students will be sensitized to models of governance, deontology and practice organization, practice management and the translation industry. Particular attention will be paid to the internationalization of translation markets as well as marketing strategies in today’s digital world.
“I enrolled at McGill University because its translation program is the only one that offers studies in English, French and Spanish. I was born in Uruguay and raised in Argentina, and I wanted to use Spanish in my profession. I enjoyed my time at McGill. The professors are excellent in their fields, and they helped me to prepare for my current position as a professional translator. I very soon realized the power of the university’s reputation, as I’m ofter introduced as “the translator from McGill.” A McGill diploma definitely opens doors, and I’ve already recommended it to others.”
Pedro C.
Certificate in Translation - French and English to Spanish Option


Bryan Jim
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Translation Studies
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