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Some basic challenges and strategies in teaching translation to Chemistry majors

Efficient teaching of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) requires substantial effort which includes fostering the skills of scientific texts translation. The study deals with the methodology of teaching translation to MA and post-graduate students specialising in Chemistry and possessing little or no knowledge of translation techniques, reviews discussions on translation theory and practice to illustrate their evolution and attempts to make a contribution to this discussion by offering some new perspectives of interest in the field. The study lists translation strategies to be applied with non-language majors and tests them out with MA and post- graduate students in the Chemistry Department of Moscow Technical University with experiment and control groups further evaluating students’ progress via quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis.

KEYWORDS: translation, translation technique, non-linguistic faculties, competence in translation

Elena Aksenova. CSc in Education, Senior Lecturer at Technological University (MITHT, Russia) and Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University, Russia). Research interests cover ESP methodology and translation studies. Author of numerous articles concerned with language teaching methodology and translation techniques.

Svetlana Orlova. CSc in Linguistics, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor in the Dpt of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Economics, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University). Teaches Practical English course. Research interests cover economic terms, euphemisms, language and culture studies, English, Italian and French teaching methodology. Co-author of Linguistic Pragmatics of Intercultural Professional and Business Communication – a monograph published by Springer.


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