Publication type: Book part
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: The didactics of professional translation : a success story?
Authors: Massey, Gary
et. al: No
Published in: 50 years later : what have we learned after Holmes (1972) and where are we now?
Editors of the parent work: Franco Aixelá, Javier
Olalla-Soler, Christian
Page(s): 105
Pages to: 134
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Ediciones ULPGC
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
ISBN: 978-84-9042-461-2
Language: English
Subjects: Translator education; Translation didactics; Translator competence; Assessment; Language industry; Language technology training; Translation teacher training; Additional language learning
Subject (DDC): 378: Higher education
418.02: Translating and interpreting
Abstract: By the time Toury (1995: 10) visualized how James S. Holmes had mapped Translation Studies (TS) in his celebrated paper of 1972, translation didactics was fast becoming a firm feature of the discipline, and it can now be properly be regarded as a “new sub-discipline” in its own right (Piotrowska & Tyupa 2014). The Toury map presents “translator training” as the first of the three applied sub-branches of TS. But, as Colina (2003: 3-6) argues, the interest it commands extends beyond applied TS to its “pure” theoretical and descriptive branches, where translation didactics has benefitted especially from cognitive process-oriented studies on the nature of student and professional translation competence. Holmes (1988: 77) himself noted the importance of translator-training research in raising “questions that fairly cry for answers” about “teaching methods, testing techniques, and curriculum planning.” He also (fore-)saw the close connections between it and the proliferating tools that are increasingly shaping the socio-technical environments of professional translators. “The search for well-founded, reliable answers,” he concludes, “constitutes a major area (and for the time being, at least, the major area) of research in applied translation studies.” This chapter considers if, how and to what extent such answers have been found. Holmes' (1988: 79) contribution referred to the “virgin territory” of the history of applied TS in general, and of translator training in particular. The chapter picks up on this to plot and critique key developments in translation didactics since 1972, navigating its major trajectories from their “apedagogical” (Kelly 2010: 389) pre-1980s beginnings to the current collaborative experiential learning paradigm inspired by social constructivist and emergentist learning models. It traces the pathways of translation didactics through systematic objectives-based teaching (Delisle 1980), functionalist approaches (e.g. Nord 1991), research-based course design (Colina 2003), task-based learning and assessment derived from multi-componential competence models (e.g. González Davies 2004; Hurtado Albir 2007; PACTE Group 2018), cognitive process-oriented teaching (Massey 2017) and the long-standing tradition of authentic situated learning (e.g. Vienne 1994; Kiraly 2000; Gouadec 2003; González Davies & Enríquez Raído 2017). Adopting the dual perspectives of the educators and the industry, it assesses the success or otherwise of translation didactics and the research behind it in meeting the educational needs and employability goals of the present and future (e.g. Rodríguez de Céspedes et al. 2017). In doing so, it examines not only student learning but also the sorely neglected field of translation teacher development, proposing a model and methods with which to facilitate the latter (Massey 2019a, 2019b). 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Departement: Applied Linguistics
Organisational Unit: Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IUED)
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