The Professional Linguist: language skills for the real world

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This chapter reports on a compulsory final year employability skills module for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) undergraduates at York St John University. The ‘Professional Linguist’ aims to equip students with a range of skills which they may need when entering the workplace, whilst underpinning it with theory which would benefit those wishing to continue into postgraduate study in the field. The module covers a range of skills, from IT-based ones such as use of specialist software, online dictionaries, etc., to discussion of the ethics of recent developments in translation such as fansubbing and machine translation. The module also incorporates other elements including an introduction to interpreting, using the language features in Microsoft (MS) Word and talks from professionals such as subtitlers and project managers in recognition that not all graduates will go on to become translators.

Keywords: translation, interpreting, translation theory, ethics of translation, employability skills.


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Murata, Mary. (2016). The Professional Linguist: language skills for the real world. In Erika Corradini, Kate Borthwick, Angela Gallagher-Brett (Eds), Employability for languages: a handbook (pp. 73-82).

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