2023-2024 / TRAD0119-1

Specialised translation from Spanish to French : law and applied economics

Sworn translation

Applied economics


Sworn translation : 30h Th
Applied economics : 30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in modern languages and literatures : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in translation (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Sworn translation : Valérie Spapen
Applied economics : Laura Charlier


Laura Charlier

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Sworn translation

Traduction, de l'espagnol en français, de textes à caractère juridique. Les traductions se font à partir de documents authentiques que l'on est amené à traduire dans la profession et qui doivent être certifiés par un traducteur juré (commissions rogatoires, documents de l'Etat civil, documents notariés ...)

Applied economics

In this course, you'll be facing the universe of specialized translation. You'll discover a large range of fields, topics and text shapes. Those texts will match different levels of difficulty. This learning process will allow you to understand better what a professional translator is.
This course is divided in 2 parts:
Written translation: Translation of texts dealing with micro- and macro-economy (monetary, tax, employment, environment, development policies, companies and markets). Specialized texts dealing with different topics and written in different printing format (editorials, press releases, reports, records, etc.) The level of difficulty will be flexible (grammar, loan translation, vocabulary adapted to style and text level, etc.)
Sight Translation: Oral translation exercise without any external resource: translation in French of a text dealing with the domains mentioned above, intermediate level. Flow, language level and quality are critical (vocabulary, tense sequence, grammar, natural speech in French, etc.)

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Sworn translation

Familiariser l'étudiant avec le vocabulaire spécifique utilisé dans ces différents types de texte. Adapter son texte au public visé. Produire un texte clair, cohérent, utilisant un vocabulaire adapté et correct.

Applied economics

At the end of the course, you'll be able to translate economic orientated texts, in written or oral way.
In written translation, you'll be able to analyze, understand, relay and reformulate in French the meaning of the specialized text. You'll also be able to comment the translation difficulties and justify your translation choices.
You will be able to translate a specialized text in the economic field at sight too. You'll translate without any external resource, you'll translate the meaning, the nuances, extract the logical links and reformulate the text in French in a natural, flowing and high-quality way.
You'll be able to use basic translation tools (unilingual and bilingual dictionaries) and the Internet.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Sworn translation

Excellente maîtrise du français et de l'espagnol.

Applied economics

Advanced knowledge of Spanish language.

Excellent knowledge of French

Curiosity for the different topics seen in class

Superficial understanding of the big fields seen in class

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Sworn translation

Chaque semaine un texte sera préparé à domicile et corrigé en classe au cours suivant. Régulièrement, travail de relecture à partir d'une traduction donnée, travail de groupe incluant un travail de relecture et de traduction, travail de traduction en équipes avec harmonisation.

Applied economics

To improve your level in written translation, you'll read the texts, make your research and prepare a written translation at home. In class, you'll compare your translation to your fellow students' own translation and you'll analyze the solutions found to solve translation problems (phrase construction and structures, vocabulary and language level have to be adapted to the text). You'll also learn how to justify your translation choices.
To improve your level in sight translation, you'll prepare the text during a set time, without dictionaries or other resources, you'll learn to detect the logical connectors, you'll translate in French, then we'll be listening to an audio recording and will correct it as a group and then you'll be able to listen to your own recording as many times as necessary. This way, you'll be able to detect your own translating defaults and you'll be using the group correction to improve your own performance. By comparing your translation to your fellow students' you'll improve your skills in sight translation and you'll develop some automatic reflexes which will be very useful in your future career.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Sworn translation


Applied economics

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Distance learning if face-to-face mode is not authorized because of the Covid, 2-hour class per week during Q1.

Recommended or required readings

Sworn translation

Lectures de documents spécifiques aux traductions réalisées.

Applied economics

Spanish unilingual dictionary French unilingual dictionary Following and reading of current affairs (online newspaper for example) in Spanish and French

Sworn translation

Examen : traduction d'un texte de 300 à 600 mots sur l'un des sujets abordés pendant l'année. Dictionnaire unilingue français, grammaire et/ou dictionnaire des synonymes autorisés.

Applied economics

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

Additional information:

This teaching unit ("Unité d'enseignement," or UE) is subject to the principle of the "note absorbante," which means that the student having obtained a mark below 8/20 for one of the learning activities ("activités d'apprentissage," or AA) will receive a failing grade for the entire unit and will have to retake the failed AA in the second session regardless of the mathematical average of the two AA grades

Final exam at the end of Q1

Final note will be divided in 2 parts:

45% on a sight translation, done without any external resource and scheduled before the exam session (generally the last class), recorded in an audio format. Assessment standards: General vocabulary, specialized vocabulary, grammar, meaning, phrase constructions and speed.

55% on a written exam. Duration: 3.30 hours. 2 texts to translate, between 1000 and 1200 words for the 2 texts. Each text will receive a different note. Final note is the average between the 2. All resources available can be used except DeepL (using this website will automatically mean failing the exam). Assessment standards: Orthography, grammar, phrase constructions, style, general vocabulary, specialized vocabulary, typography, punctuation, meaning and omissions

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Applied economics

Premises for this course is not decided yet. If computer premises is not available, please come with your laptop and please download and install "Audacity" (free software, to download it, please clink here http://audacity.portalux.com/) Coming to class during the year is highly recommended to be able to improve your level. Please don't send any translation by email, no marking


Sworn translation

Valérie Spapen, V.Spapen@uliege.be

Applied economics

Email: lcharlier@uliege.be

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