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FRENCH 3GG3 Translation:French To English (C01)

Academic Year: Winter 2019

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Nicholas Serruys


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 525

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23756

Office Hours: Disponibilités sur rendez-vous

Course Objectives:

- Initiation à la traduction du français vers l’anglais et à la stylistique comparée.
- Analyse et traduction de phrases et de textes présentant des problèmes de traduction.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Rodger, Valentine Watson. Apprendre à traduire. Cahier d’exercices pour l’apprentissage de la
traduction français-anglais anglais-français. [1990]. Troisième édition revue et mise à jour.
Toronto : Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc., 2004.
Il y aura éventuellement d’autres documents distribués en classe au cours du trimestre.

Method of Assessment:

- Participation 10%
- Exposé (leçon à préparer, avec ex. du manuel et problèmes originaux) 20%
- Interrogation écrite (examen de mi-trimestre, le mardi 26 février) 20%
- Devoir écrit (paragraphe[s] à traduire) à rendre le mardi 9 avril 20%
- Examen final (entre le jeudi 11 et le lundi 29 avril) 30%

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

NOTE : Il est obligatoire d’assister au cours. Si vous devez vous absenter d’une séance, veuillez me
le faire savoir d’avance. Si vous rendez votre travail en retard en raison d’une maladie, il faut me
prévenir et il vous faut également un certificat médical. Aucun retard ne sera admis sans raison
impérative. Tout travail rendu en retard, sans justification médicale ou autre, sera pénalisé de
2% par jour.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Le Petit Robert. Dictionnaire de la langue française.
Collins/Robert. Dictionnaire français-anglais/English-French Dictionary.

Other Course Information:

Nous avons mis à votre disposition un logiciel, *Aller bon train*, qui vous permettra de remédier à
vos faiblesses en grammaire. Pour télécharger et installer ce programme gratuit, consultez le site
Vous pourrez également utiliser *Bon patron*, un logiciel en ligne qui vérifiera la grammaire de vos
compositions : <>
Journaux et magazines :
Le Monde : Le Devoir :
L’Actualité : L’Express :
Chaînes de télévision et radios, disponibles sur Internet :
Radio-Canada (CJBC 860AM ; 90,3 FM) :
TFO (TVOntario French) :
TVA (CFMT Montréal) :
TV5 (France) :
France 2 :
This course is very fast-paced and intensive. In order to continue to learn a language and to
understand the theory and practice of translation, you must keep up with weekly homework.
Any language/translation student must be prepared to do a fair quantity of supplementary
research on unfamiliar vocabulary and grammar, so much of your learning must be selfdirected.
Most students will need to spend a minimum of six hours per week to excel in the
course. You will meet in class with your instructor for a total of three hours each week to deal
with the material you have prepared for class and for impromptu activities, such as the solving
of translation problems and participating in the discussion of exercises related to the new
material covered. You should consider these contact hours as essential to your progress and to
your ultimate success in the course. In addition, you will need to spend at least three hours per
week reviewing the textbook and completing translation exercises. The points to be covered in
each class have been scheduled in advance in the program; it is to your advantage to read over
and begin studying the material before we meet. After class, a review of the written exercises
from Apprendre à traduire will help you to apply and perfect your learning. It is your
responsibility to complete the proposed translations in order to utilize and consolidate your
learning and to identify areas that will require further study.
It is the policy of the French Department that all E-mail communication between students
and instructors (including TAs) must originate from their official McMaster University
E-mail accounts. This policy protects the confidentiality and sensitivity of information
and confirms the identities of both the student and instructor. Messages that do not
originate from McMaster E-mail accounts will be deleted.
Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and
can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a
notation on the transcript (a notation reading: “grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”) and/or
suspension or expulsion from the university. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes
academic dishonesty. For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty, please refer to
the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3, located at:
The following illustrates just three forms of academic dishonesty:
1. Plagiarism, i.e. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been
2. Improper collaboration in group work.
3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Student Accessibility Services offers various supports for students with disabilities. We work with
full time and part time students, as well as prospective students. SAS provides or assists them with
their academic and disability-related needs, including:
• Learning Strategies
• Assistive Technologies
• Test & Exam Administration
• Note Taking Programs
• Classroom Accommodations
• Groups and Events
For information on services or to make an appointment with a counselor, see the SAS website:
2019 Winter Term (62 days)
Item Date(s)
Classes begin Monday, January 7
Last day for enrolment
(registration) and changes
Tuesday, January 15
Mid-term recess Monday, February 18 to Sunday, February 24
Last day for cancelling courses
without failure by default
Friday, March 15
Test and Examination Ban (no
tests or exams may be held
during this period)
Wednesday, April 3 to Wednesday, April 10
Classes End Tuesday, April 9
Good Friday: No classes or
Friday, April 19
Final Examinations Thursday, April 11 to Monday, April 29
Deferred examinations Monday, June 24 to Thursday, June 27