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The master's program in Translation is intended to develop research capability in various fields of translation, as well as to provide advanced training in areas such as terminology, computerized translation or translation teaching. It is desirable that students have practical experience in translation before entering the program.

This program consists of compulsory and optional seminars and courses, followed by a basic or applied research requirement. It may be undertaken full-time or part-time.

Not all seminars and courses are offered every year. Students will be notified at registration of which ones are available during the current year.

Languages

Most seminars are bilingual, that is, they may be conducted in French or English. The student's research may be conducted not only on French and English, but also on a third language, subject to the conditions stipulated under "Additional Requirement".

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The professors included in the list below are members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This means that they are authorized to supervise or co-supervise theses. A complete list of the faculty and staff members associated with the program can be found at http://www.translation.uottawa.ca




BASALAMAH, Salah, Associate Professor
Translation studies (theory); postcolonialism; cultural studies; philosophy of translation; translation and law (copyright)

BOWKER, Lynne, Associate Professor
Machine (-assisted) translation; corpus linguistics; terminology; translation pedagogy; organization of information

BRISSET, Annie, Full Professor
Discourse analyses; culture and translation; translation theory; pedagogy of translation and interpretation (curriculum development)

CHARRON, Marc, Associate Professor
Literary translation; translation methodology ; adaptation; translation studies ; hispanic literatures ; new media sociology

FOLKART, Barbara, Adjunct Professor
Translation and enunciation; modes of writing; literary of translation

FOZ, Clara, Associate Professor
History of translation; hispanic translation; technical translation (pedagogy)

FRASER, Ryan, Assistant Professor

GRUTMAN, Rainier, Full Professor
Bilingual writers and multilingual writing (involving combinations of French, English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and German), self-translation (in Canada, Spain and Belgium), the poetics and politics of intertextuality - in particular in the Romantic era

LE BLANC, Charles, Associate Professor
Literary translation; History of translation; German philosophy, Classics

MARSHMAN, Elizabeth, Assistant Professor
Corpus-based terminology; conceptual relation extraction; translation and terminology tools

QUIRION, Jean, Associate Professor
Terminology; Terminometrics; Translation technologies; Language planning

TELMISSANY, May, Associate Professor
Arab cinema and culture; contemporary Arab literature; literary theory; film theory; intercultural relations and multiculturalism; Arab Canadian Studies

VON FLOTOW, Luise, Full Professor
Literary translation; gender and translation; audiovisual translation; Canadian studies

WILLIAMS, Malcolm, Replacement Professor
Translation teaching (quality assessment)

  • An honours BA in Translation, or an equivalent.
  • or

  • Applicants who do not have an honours degree in Translation may in suitable cases be recommended by the STI for admission to a qualifying program. Such applicants are usually honours graduates in another subject field.

N.B. Honours BA implies four years of university studies.

Admission Procedure

Applications for admission are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Translation and Interpretation, and must also meet the general requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies of the University. In addition to completing our on-line application and paying the application fee to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre, students must also assemble all relevant documentation and forward the complete application package to the director of the School of Translation and Interpretation. Applications will not be processed without the application fee and the complete file.

Entrance Examination

The STI may, at its discretion, require applicants to pass an entrance examination. The examination is compulsory for applicants to the qualifying program.

Qualifying Program

Those students whose first degree is not in Translation, and likewise, those who do not already have previous translating experience, or those whose knowledge of either English or French is inadequate, will be required to do a qualifying program of one or two sessions according to their needs, to bring them up to the level expected of graduates with an honours BA in Translation. A minimum average mark of 70 per cent (B) is required for admission to the master's program proper.

Transfer from MA to PhD

In exceptional circumstances, it is possible to transfer from the MA program at the School of Translation and Interpretation (STI) directly into the PhD program under the following conditions:

- Completion of the 3 mandatory MA courses, plus one more MA course, with a grade of A in each course;

- Completion of a 40 page research paper (TRA7998) under the supervision of a professor who is the potential PhD thesis supervisor;

- Written recommendation for transfer from the supervisor of the paper and from the Graduate Studies Committee.

The transfer must take place within sixteen months of initial registration in the master’s. Students permitted to transfer will complete a total of 8 courses (24 credits), 6 courses while registered in the master’s and 2 while registered in the PhD. Following transfer, the following requirements must be met: 2 courses (6 credits), the comprehensive exam, the thesis proposal and the thesis.

A. Basic research option: MA with thesis (coursework 18 credits)

  • Compulsory Seminars (9 cr.)
  • TRA5902 THÉORIES DE LA TRADUCTION / THEORIES OF TRANSLATION (3cr.)
    TRA5906 LANGUE ET TRADUCTION / LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION (3cr.)
    TRA6902 DISCOURS ET TRADUCTION / DISCOURSE AND TRANSLATION (3cr.)

  • Optional Seminars and Courses (9 cr.)
  • Three of the following:

    TRA5901 HISTOIRE DE LA TRADUCTION / HISTORY OF TRANSLATION (3cr.)
    TRA5903 INFORMATIQUE ET TRADUCTION / COMPUTERS AND TRANSLATION (3cr.)
    TRA5905 LEXICOLOGIE, TERMINOLOGIE ET DOCUMENTATION / LEXICOLOGY, TERMINOLOGY AND DOCUMENTATION (3cr.)
    TRA5909 PÉDAGOGIE DE LA TRADUCTION / DIDACTICS OF TRANSLATOR TRAINING (3cr.)
    TRA5912 TRADUCTION LITTÉRAIRE / LITERARY TRANSLATION (3cr.)
    TRA5913 ADAPTATION / ADAPTATION (3cr.)
    TRA5916 ATELIER DE TRADUCTION I / TRANSLATION WORKSHOP I (3cr.)
    A maximum of one workshop may be taken during the entire program.
    TRA5917 ATELIER DE TRADUCTION II / TRANSLATION WORKSHOP II (3cr.)
    TRA5918 ATELIER DE TRADUCTION III / TRANSLATION WORKSHOP III (3cr.)
    TRA5919 ATELIER DE TRADUCTION IV / TRANSLATION WORKSHOP IV (3cr.)
    TRA5920 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES I / GUIDED RESEARCH I (3cr.)
    A maximum of one guided research or extra-departmental course may be taken during the entire program.
    TRA5930 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES II / GUIDED RESEARCH II (3cr.)
    TRA5941 ADVANCED TRANSLATION FROM SPANISH INTO ENGLISH (3cr.)
    TRA5942 TRADUCTION AVANCÉE DE L'ESPAGNOL VERS LE FRANÇAIS (3cr.)
    TRA6903 TRADUCTION AUTOMATIQUE / MACHINE TRANSLATION (3cr.)
    TRA6905 LEXICOLOGIE, TERMINOLOGIE APPLIQUÉE / APPLIED LEXICOLOGY AND TERMINOLOGY (3cr.)
    TRA6906 TRADUCTION TECHNIQUE ET SPÉCIALISÉE / TECHNICAL AND OTHER SPECIALIZED TRANSLATION (3cr.)
    TRA6907 THÉORIE DE L'INTERPRÉTATION / THEORY OF INTERPRETATION (3cr.)
    TRA6908 LECTURES DIRIGÉES / DIRECTED READINGS (3cr.)
    TRA6911 MÉTHODOLOGIE DE LA RECHERCHE TRADUCTOLOGIQUE / RESEARCH METHODS IN TRANSLATION STUDIES (3cr.)
    TRA6920 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES III / GUIDED RESEARCH III (3cr.)
    TRA6930 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES IV / GUIDED RESEARCH IV (3cr.)
    TRA6941 ADVANCED TRANSLATION FROM ENGLISH INTO SPANISH (3cr.)
    TRA6942 TRADUCTION AVANCÉE DU FRANÇAIS VERS L'ESPAGNOL (3cr.)
    TRA6980 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE I / RESEARCH SEMINAR I (3cr.)
    TRA6981 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE II / RESEARCH SEMINAR II (3cr.)
    TRA6982 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE III / RESEARCH SEMINAR III (3cr.)
    TRA6983 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE IV / RESEARCH SEMINAR IV (3cr.)
    TRA7998 TRAVAIL DE RECHERCHE / RESEARCH PAPER (6cr.)

    Thesis

    TRA7999 RECHERCHE ET THÈSE DE MAÎTRISE / THESIS RESEARCH (MA)

    B. Applied research option: MA with major research paper (coursework 21 credits)

  • Compulsory Seminars (9 cr.)
  • TRA5902 THÉORIES DE LA TRADUCTION / THEORIES OF TRANSLATION (3cr.)
    TRA5906 LANGUE ET TRADUCTION / LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION (3cr.)
    TRA6902 DISCOURS ET TRADUCTION / DISCOURSE AND TRANSLATION (3cr.)

  • Optional Seminars and Courses (12 cr.)
  • Four of the following:

    TRA5901 HISTOIRE DE LA TRADUCTION / HISTORY OF TRANSLATION (3cr.)
    TRA5903 INFORMATIQUE ET TRADUCTION / COMPUTERS AND TRANSLATION (3cr.)
    TRA5905 LEXICOLOGIE, TERMINOLOGIE ET DOCUMENTATION / LEXICOLOGY, TERMINOLOGY AND DOCUMENTATION (3cr.)
    TRA5909 PÉDAGOGIE DE LA TRADUCTION / DIDACTICS OF TRANSLATOR TRAINING (3cr.)
    TRA5912 TRADUCTION LITTÉRAIRE / LITERARY TRANSLATION (3cr.)
    TRA5913 ADAPTATION / ADAPTATION (3cr.)
    TRA5916 ATELIER DE TRADUCTION I / TRANSLATION WORKSHOP I (3cr.)
    A maximum of one workshop may be taken during the entire program.
    TRA5917 ATELIER DE TRADUCTION II / TRANSLATION WORKSHOP II (3cr.)
    TRA5918 ATELIER DE TRADUCTION III / TRANSLATION WORKSHOP III (3cr.)
    TRA5919 ATELIER DE TRADUCTION IV / TRANSLATION WORKSHOP IV (3cr.)
    TRA5920 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES I / GUIDED RESEARCH I (3cr.)
    A maximum of one guided research or extra-departmental course may be taken during the entire program.
    TRA5930 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES II / GUIDED RESEARCH II (3cr.)
    TRA5941 ADVANCED TRANSLATION FROM SPANISH INTO ENGLISH (3cr.)
    TRA5942 TRADUCTION AVANCÉE DE L'ESPAGNOL VERS LE FRANÇAIS (3cr.)
    TRA6903 TRADUCTION AUTOMATIQUE / MACHINE TRANSLATION (3cr.)
    TRA6905 LEXICOLOGIE, TERMINOLOGIE APPLIQUÉE / APPLIED LEXICOLOGY AND TERMINOLOGY (3cr.)
    TRA6906 TRADUCTION TECHNIQUE ET SPÉCIALISÉE / TECHNICAL AND OTHER SPECIALIZED TRANSLATION (3cr.)
    TRA6907 THÉORIE DE L'INTERPRÉTATION / THEORY OF INTERPRETATION (3cr.)
    TRA6908 LECTURES DIRIGÉES / DIRECTED READINGS (3cr.)
    TRA6911 MÉTHODOLOGIE DE LA RECHERCHE TRADUCTOLOGIQUE / RESEARCH METHODS IN TRANSLATION STUDIES (3cr.)
    TRA6920 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES III / GUIDED RESEARCH III (3cr.)
    TRA6930 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES IV / GUIDED RESEARCH IV (3cr.)
    TRA6941 ADVANCED TRANSLATION FROM ENGLISH INTO SPANISH (3cr.)
    TRA6942 TRADUCTION AVANCÉE DU FRANÇAIS VERS L'ESPAGNOL (3cr.)
    TRA6980 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE I / RESEARCH SEMINAR I (3cr.)
    TRA6981 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE II / RESEARCH SEMINAR II (3cr.)
    TRA6982 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE III / RESEARCH SEMINAR III (3cr.)
    TRA6983 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE IV / RESEARCH SEMINAR IV (3cr.)
    TRA7998 TRAVAIL DE RECHERCHE / RESEARCH PAPER (6cr.)

    Research Paper

    TRA7993 TRADUCTION COMMENTÉE / COMMENTED TRANSLATION

    or

    TRA7994 FICHIER TERMINOLOGIQUE OU LEXICOGRAPHIQUE COMMENTÉ / COMMENTED TERMINOLOGY OR LEXICOGRAPHY FILE

    Additional requirement

    Basic research or applied research requirement

    Students may choose one of two options: basic research option (thesis) or applied research option (commented translation or commented terminology or lexicography file). The student's choice must be approved by the STI. To meet this requirement, students may work on the languages of their choice provided that a) at least one of the languages is French or English, and b) the STI can find within the University a co-director who knows the other language.

    Basic research option (for this option, an oral defence is required)

    TRA7999 RECHERCHE ET THÈSE DE MAÎTRISE / THESIS RESEARCH (MA)
    For the thesis regulations, please consult the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

    Applied research option (for this option, an oral defence is not required)

    TRA7993 TRADUCTION COMMENTÉE / COMMENTED TRANSLATION
    A commented translation of not less than 5000 words, the exact length to be stipulated by the STI depending on the nature and difficulty of the text. The translation must be preceded by an introduction describing the text, the motivation for translating it and the translation approach used. It must be accompanied by a commentary demonstrating that the student has acquired the relevant theoretical and methodological background knowledge.

    or

    TRA7994 FICHIER TERMINOLOGIQUE OU LEXICOGRAPHIQUE COMMENTÉ / COMMENTED TERMINOLOGY OR LEXICOGRAPHY FILE
    Compilation of a term, lexeme or phrase file in two or more languages. The file must cover at least 15 concepts or 20 vocabulary items. It must be preceded by an introduction describing the motivation for the work, the methodology used and the subject field of the concepts or the vocabulary. It must be accompanied by a commentary demonstrating that the student has acquired the relevant theoretical and methodological background knowledge.

    MA (concentration in “literary translation”)

    (Coursework 18 credits)

    Compulsory Seminars (12 cr.)

    • TRA 5902 Theories of Translation (3cr.)
    • TRA 5906 Language and Translation (3cr.)
    • TRA 6902 Discourse and Translation (3cr.)
    • TRA 5912 Literary Translation (3cr.)

    Elective seminars or courses (6 cr.)

    Any other appropriate course from within the School of Translation and Interpretation’s program or from another graduate program such as English, Lettres françaises, Spanish, Philosophy. Approval of the School of Translation and Interpretation is mandatory.

    MA students planning to write a thesis must register the subject of the thesis and the name of the professor who has agreed to supervise their work before they begin their third session of studies.

    1. The thesis can consist of a traditional research project, according to the rules established at the STI, or it can be a literary translation.
    2. If the thesis is a literary translation, it must reflect on the practice of literary translation, and consist of two parts which can take different forms; these two parts are of equal importance but need not be the same length:
    – a literary translation of a text not previously published in translation: a collection of poetry, a collection of short stories, a novel, a play; a retranslation is possible, with special permission;
    – a critical reflection on this translation, including but not limited to a discussion of translation theories, questions of aesthetics and stylistics, technical problems, questions of form and genre, etc.; this analysis must show solid theoretical understanding of translation and the specific issues raised by the text in question and include the necessary references to relevant secondary texts on literary translation, literary theory, etc.
    3. The thesis must satisfy the usual criteria: originality, adequate treatment of the subject, solid methodology, etc. The length of the thesis will vary according to the difficulty of the text and the methodological and theoretical issues encountered.

    Duration of the Program

    The topic of the thesis or applied research paper must be registered by the end of the second session of studies. All degree requirements must be completed within four years from the date of initial registration (not including any qualifying program).

    1. Full-time
    2. Basic research and applied research options: three sessions in residence, followed by a further period for completion of the research or applied research requirements, during which residence is not required.

    3. Part-time
    4. Basic research and applied research options: four consecutive sessions (excluding the summer sessions) for completion of the seminars, followed by a further period for completion of the research requirement.

      Minimum standards

      The passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 credits) must withdraw from the program.

    TRA5901 HISTOIRE DE LA TRADUCTION / HISTORY OF TRANSLATION (3cr.)

    TRA5902 THÉORIES DE LA TRADUCTION / THEORIES OF TRANSLATION (3cr.)

    TRA5903 INFORMATIQUE ET TRADUCTION / COMPUTERS AND TRANSLATION (3cr.)

    TRA5905 LEXICOLOGIE, TERMINOLOGIE ET DOCUMENTATION / LEXICOLOGY, TERMINOLOGY AND DOCUMENTATION (3cr.)

    TRA5906 LANGUE ET TRADUCTION / LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION (3cr.)

    TRA5909 PÉDAGOGIE DE LA TRADUCTION / DIDACTICS OF TRANSLATOR TRAINING (3cr.)

    TRA5912 TRADUCTION LITTÉRAIRE / LITERARY TRANSLATION (3cr.)

    TRA5913 ADAPTATION / ADAPTATION (3cr.)

    TRA5916 ATELIER DE TRADUCTION I / TRANSLATION WORKSHOP I (3cr.)

    TRA5917 ATELIER DE TRADUCTION II / TRANSLATION WORKSHOP II (3cr.)

    TRA5918 ATELIER DE TRADUCTION III / TRANSLATION WORKSHOP III (3cr.)

    TRA5920 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES I / GUIDED RESEARCH I (3cr.)

    TRA5930 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES II / GUIDED RESEARCH II (3cr.)

    TRA5941 ADVANCED TRANSLATION FROM SPANISH INTO ENGLISH (3cr.)

    TRA5942 TRADUCTION AVANCÉE DE L'ESPAGNOL VERS LE FRANÇAIS (3cr.)

    TRA6902 DISCOURS ET TRADUCTION / DISCOURSE AND TRANSLATION (3cr.)

    TRA6903 TRADUCTION AUTOMATIQUE / MACHINE TRANSLATION (3cr.)
    Préalable : TRA 5903 ou permission du professeur. / Prerequisite: TRA 5903 or permission of the professor.

    TRA6905 LEXICOLOGIE, TERMINOLOGIE APPLIQUÉE / APPLIED LEXICOLOGY AND TERMINOLOGY (3cr.)
    Préalable : TRA 5905 ou permission du professeur. / Prerequisite: TRA 5905 or permission of the professor.

    TRA6906 TRADUCTION TECHNIQUE ET SPÉCIALISÉE / TECHNICAL AND OTHER SPECIALIZED TRANSLATION (3cr.)

    TRA6907 THÉORIE DE L'INTERPRÉTATION / THEORY OF INTERPRETATION (3cr.)

    TRA6908 LECTURES DIRIGÉES / DIRECTED READINGS (3cr.)

    TRA6911 MÉTHODOLOGIE DE LA RECHERCHE TRADUCTOLOGIQUE / RESEARCH METHODS IN TRANSLATION STUDIES (3cr.)

    TRA6920 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES III / GUIDED RESEARCH III (3cr.)

    TRA6930 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES IV / GUIDED RESEARCH IV (3cr.)

    TRA6941 ADVANCED TRANSLATION FROM ENGLISH INTO SPANISH (3cr.)

    TRA6942 TRADUCTION AVANCÉE DU FRANÇAIS VERS L'ESPAGNOL (3cr.)

    TRA6980 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE I / RESEARCH SEMINAR I (3cr.)

    TRA6981 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE II / RESEARCH SEMINAR II (3cr.)

    TRA6982 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE III / RESEARCH SEMINAR III (3cr.)

    TRA6983 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE IV / RESEARCH SEMINAR IV (3cr.)

    TRA6984 COURANTS ACTUELS EN TRADUCTOLOGIE I / DEVELOPMENTS IN TRANSLATION STUDIES I (3cr.)
    Exploration des plus récents développements en traductologie dans la double optique des sciences humaines et des études interculturelles. / An intercultural and humanities-based perspective on contemporary trends in Translation Studies.

    TRA6985 COURANTS ACTUELS EN TRADUCTOLOGIE II / DEVELOPMENTS IN TRANSLATION STUDIES II (3cr.)
    Perspectives actuelles en études traductologiques : aspects terminologiques, lexicologiques, technologiques et domaines connexes. / Trends in Translation Studies, with a focus on developments in terminology, lexicology, technology and related fields.

    TRA7993 TRADUCTION COMMENTÉE / COMMENTED TRANSLATION

    TRA7994 FICHIER TERMINOLOGIQUE OU LEXICOGRAPHIQUE COMMENTÉ / COMMENTED TERMINOLOGY OR LEXICOGRAPHY FILE

    TRA7998 TRAVAIL DE RECHERCHE / RESEARCH PAPER (6cr.)

    TRA7999 RECHERCHE ET THÈSE DE MAÎTRISE / THESIS RESEARCH (MA)

    TRA9998 EXAMEN DE SYNTHÈSE / COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

    TRA9999 THÈSE DE DOCTORAT / DOCTORAL THESIS

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