Application of LSP texts in translator training

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Larisa Ilynska
Tatjana Smirnova
Marina Platonova


The paper presents discussion of the results of extensive empirical research into efficient methods of educating and training translators of LSP (language for special purposes) texts. The methodology is based on using popular LSP texts in the respective fields as one of the main media for translator training. The aim of the paper is to investigate the efficiency of this methodology in developing thematic, linguistic and cultural competences of the students, following Bloom’s revised taxonomy and European Master in Translation Network (EMT) translator training competences. The methodology has been tested on the students of a professional Master study programme called Technical Translation implemented by the Institute of Applied Linguistics, Riga Technical University, Latvia. The group of students included representatives of different nationalities, translating from English into Latvian, Russian and French. Analysis of popular LSP texts provides an opportunity to structure student background knowledge and expand it to account for linguistic innovation. Application of popular LSP texts instead of purely technical or scientific texts characterised by neutral style and rigid genre conventions provides an opportunity for student translators to develop advanced text processing and decoding skills, to develop awareness of expressive resources of the source and target languages and to develop understanding of socio-pragmatic language use.


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Larisa Ilynska, Riga Technical University


Larisa Ilynska is the Head of the Institute of Applied Linguistics of Riga Technical University (RTU) since 1999. She has authored over fifty publications, including four resource books for students majoring in various scientific technical domains. Her research interests lie in semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, translation of scientific technical texts. She is an honorary member of the Latvian Association of Interpreters and Translators.

Tatjana Smirnova, Riga Technical University


Tatjana Smirnova is an Assistant Professor specializing in linguistics and translation at the Institute of Applied Linguistics, Faculty of E-Learning Technologies and Humanities at Riga Technical University (RTU). She is the head of Curriculum Design and testing Committee of the Institute of Applied Linguistics, a member of the working group on the advancement of institutional research capacity of Riga Technical University.

Marina Platonova, Riga Technical University


Marina Platonova is an Associate Professor of Contrastive and Comparative Linguistics at the Institute of Applied Linguistics and the Dean of the Faculty of E-Learning Technologies and Humanities at Riga Technical University (RTU). She is the author of more than 30 publications. Her research interests lie in the fields of translatology, terminology and text linguistics. She is the member of the Board of European Master’s in Translation Network and an honorary member of the Latvian Association of Interpreters and Translators.


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