Termino à vélo: 2017 Edition

Professor Jean Quirion of the School of Translation and Interpretation will be taking 13 students on a 12-day spin through Quebec as a fun, new way to teach his class on terminology, called Termino à vélo.

WHEN: Monday, August 21, to Friday, September 1, 2017

The terminology course, which is part of the English-French translation BA, covers the technical and subject-specific terms students will encounter when working as translators. But instead of listening in a classroom to invited speakers, students taking the two-wheel version of TRA3555 will meet translators in their native habitats. They will visit translation agencies and in-house language services within organizations where translators are found, as well as meet with freelancers.

“The (translation) program has a strong practical component, so I’ve always tried to link the professional milieu with the students,” Quirion said. “I thought this would be a good way for students to meet professionals and see the professional settings where they work.”

The 445-kilometre route, worked out by Vélo Québec, starts in Montreal on August 21 and goes to Quebec City via Sherbrooke. The students will meet professional translators in the mornings, then cycle to their next stop in the afternoons. The cost for students is $1,650, which covers the course fee as well as room and board at motels and university residences. (Approx. $150 for the jerseys)

“All they have to do while they cycle is think about what they just learned,” said Quirion, who notes that the trip will also provide a French immersion experience for the Anglophone students who make up almost half the class.

“I think it will be a very good introduction to the professional world as well as to terminology as it is practised today,” said Quirion, adding that the trip aims to prove that “teaching terminology in translation can be innovative and, for students, it can be fun.”


Contact Professor Jean Quirion: jquirion@uottawa.ca - MHN 443

Deposit: $300 by Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Final payment: Monday, June 5th, 2017

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