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Title: Interdisciplinarity in translation teaching : competence-based education, translation task-based approach, context-based text typology
Authors: Vasconcellos, ML
Espindola, E 
Gysel, E
Issue Date: May-2017
Source: Cadernos de Traducao, May 2017v. 37, no. 2, p. 177-207
Abstract: In the context of competence-based teaching, this paper draws upon the model of Translation Competence (TC) put forward by the PACTE group (2003) to establish a dialogue between cognitive-constructivist paradigms for translation teaching and the model of the Context-based Text Typology (MATTHIESSEN et al., 2007). In this theoretical environment, it proposes a model for the design of a Teaching Unit (TU) for the development of the bilingual competence in would-be-translators. To this end, it explores translation as a cognitive, communicative and textual activity (HURTADO ALBIR, 2011) and considers its teaching from the translation task-based approach (HURTADO ALBIR, 1999). This approach is illustrated through the practical example of the design of a TU elaborated for the subject 'Introduction to Specialized Translation', part of the curricular grid of the program 'Secretariado Executivo' at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Aspects such as the establishment of learning objectives and their alignment with the translation tasks composing the TU are addressed for this specific pedagogical situation. We argue for the development of textual competences by means of the acquisition of strategies derived from the Context-based Text Typology to solve problems arising from the translation of different text types and contextual configurations.
Keywords: Competence based syllabus design
Translation competence
Translation teaching
Translation task-based approach
Context based text typology
Publisher: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Nucleo de Traducao
Journal: Cadernos de Traducao 
ISSN: 1414-526X
EISSN: 2175-7968
DOI: 10.5007/2175-7968.2017v37n2p177
Rights: Authors hold the copyright and grant the journal the right for their articles' first publication, being their works simultaneously licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) (, which allows the sharing of such works with its authorship acknowledged and its initial publication in this journal.
The following publication Vasconcellos, M. L., Espindola, E., & Gysel, E. (2017). Interdisciplinarity in translation teaching: Competence-based education, translation task-based approach, context-based text typology. Cadernos De Traducao, 37(2), 177-207 is available at
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