Course detail

Translation Seminar

FEKT-HTRSAcad. year: 2020/2021

The seminar is supposed to offer a basic orientation in the most topical issues regarding the theory of translation. But the main emphasis lies with the in-course exercises which should help the students to practise the translation of technical English texts to Czech and vice cersa, with a special attention paid to potentially problematic areas, be they found in grammar, vocabulary or being style specific.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The students get to know the specifics of different genres in technical English.
They develop their compositional skills in English and in Czech as well.
They improve English text understanding.
They get more confidence in choosing translation equivalents regarding grammar, vocabulary and style specific language features.


Secondary school level knowledge iand a lower intermediate knowledge of English required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Hofstadter, D.: Le ton beau de Marot: In Praise of the Music of Language. New York 1997.
Bassnett, S.: Translation Studies. London 1991.
Preklad odborného textu (ed. A. Popovič). Bratislava 1977.
Levý, J: Umění překladu. Praha 1983.
Knittlová: Překlad a překládání, UP, Olomouc, 2010

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in Article 7 of BUT for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

75% attendance, active participation in seminars, doing homeworks, course test, exam

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

What is translation: words meaning; the meaning of sentences; pragmatics; cultural differences in translation. Word-for-word translation; "free" translation; translating with the help of a third language; when and how to use a dictionary. Some topical issues in translation theory.How to deal with potential problems: polysemic words and expressions; how to use the context of a sentence or text; the passive in English; expressing case in English; technical terminology. Modality of utterances and its possible translation; dealing with complicated English sentences - understanding and simplifying them.
Composition exercise; does it sound English / Czech and how do I get to know? Phraseology of technical texts and the differences between Czech and English. Terminology: using existing translation solutions, imtroducing new ones. Summary: creating English summary of a Czech text. A report; a newspaper article. Instructions, a manual. Informational article in technical English. A professional study in technical English. An essay, the style of literary work of art. Texts in technical English combining different disciplines. A comparison and criticism of existing translations.


The course will teach students basic practical tools to be used in translating from English to Czech and vice versa. It will hint at how to deal with the most common issues that can arise during the translation process. It will improve students' knowledge of grammar and spelling in both languages, together with improving their abilities in understanding complex English texts.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme AJEI-H Bachelor's

    branch H-AEI , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer