TRAN 605: Written Communication Skills in English


The aim of the course is to improve the students’ mastery of English. Students will be required to undertake an in-depth study of texts in this language and to demonstrate their understanding of these texts in various ways, including the following: exercises in rewriting, summarizing, comprehension, composition, lexical, grammatical, and stylistic studies.  No translation will be done in this course, which is designed as a preparation for translation itself.  As the students’ writing skills improve through these various exercises, they will better appreciate the requirements for translating a text.



Reading List

Edwards, V. (2004). Multilingualism in the English-speaking World: Pedigree of Nations. London: Blackwell Publishing.

Garzone, G. & I. Cornelia. (eds.) (2007). The Use of English in Institutional and Business Settings: An Intercultural Perspective. New York: Peter Lang.

Kortmann, B. & Edgar, S. (2004). (eds.). A Handbook of English. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Leech G. & Svartik, J. (2003). A Communicative Grammar of English. London: Pearson.

Steiner, G. (2005).  Après Babel : Une poétique du dire et de la traduction. Paris: Albin Michel.