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Office Location
McCone Building 109
Monterey, CA, 93940

Email Address
mcordobaserrano@miis.edu

Phone Number
831.647.4609

Language(s)
Español
Français

María Sierra Córdoba Serrano

Assistant Professor


Professor Córdoba Serrano joined the Monterey Institute of International Studies in September 2009 from the University of Ottawa, Canada. She has been a freelance translator since 2003 and has translated for clients in both the private and public sectors within the fields of IT, international development and international law, but is principally interested in the translation of literature and of works and articles in the humanities and social sciences.

In the field of research, Dr. Córdoba has published numerous articles on the sociology of translation in scholarly journals such as META, TTR, MonTi, Quaderns, Globe, Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, and in various collective works. She is finishing the conversion of her Ph.D. thesis, Cartographie socio-traductionnelle des transferts littéraires Québec-Espagne (1975-2004), into a book and is presently working on several literary translation projects.

She is a member of the American Literary Translators Association, American Association of Translation Studies, Canadian Association of Canadian Studies and the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies.  She is currently the Chair of Translation at MIIS.

Expertise

Translation and revision from English and French into Spanish; sociology of translation.

Education

Ph.D. in Translation Studies, University of Ottawa (Canada)

M.A. in Translation, University of Ottawa (Canada)

Licenciatura en Traducción e Interpretación, Universidad de Málaga (Spain)

Courses

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TIAG 8641 - Research on Translation      

The course presents case studies from recent trends in empirical and historical Translation Studies, with special focus on the concepts and terms presented in Overview of Translation Studies. A critical analysis will be made of the research methodologies involved. Each lesson is structured around a practical piece of research that students have to complete in groups.

Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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TISP 8512 - Intro to Trans into Spanish      

Introduces students to the basic theory and practice of translation, both written and sight. Students will learn to apply text analysis, text typology, and contrastive analysis of their working languages to identify, analyze, and resolve translation problems while independently developing an efficient and rational approach to the process of translation. The appropriate application of electronic translation tools will also be introduced. Fundamental translation theory will be emphasized at the beginning of the course and will be conveyed in the form of assigned readings, lectures, class discussions, and independent research. In addition, course assignments will include practice and graded exercises in sight and written translation, utilizing authentic texts drawn from an extensive variety of text categories that include, but are not limited to, current events, general political economy, general legal documents, and scientific and technical topics for general audiences. As the term progresses, student time and effort will increasingly be spent on the preparation and evaluation of written translation assignments. Students will be expected to take at least one midterm exam and one final exam, to be assigned at the discretion of the instructor(s) of record.

Fall 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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TISP 8522 - Intrm Translation into Spanish      

Builds on the theoretical and practical foundation laid in Introduction to Translation and introduces the translation of specialized subject matter. Depending upon the language program in which they are enrolled, students will be expected to acquire and demonstrate basic proficiency in the sight and written translation of either commercial and economic texts, legal texts, or scientific and technical texts. The amount of emphasis accorded to a particular topic will depend on the specific professional requirements of each language program. Course assignments will include readings, research, presentations, practice and graded exercises in sight translation, and practice and graded written translation assignments, including exercises in speed translation. Students will also be expected to take at least one midterm and one final exam. The frequency, nature, and structure of course assignments and examinations are largely at the discretion of the instructor(s) of record.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Translation or equivalent background.

Spring 2010 - MIIS, Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS

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TISP 8632 - Adv Translation I into Spanish      

This is the first of two complementary courses designed to bring translation knowledge and skills up to the level that would be required of someone working in a professional translation environment. Students will be expected to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the first-year translation courses to produce translations that meet high standards for content, form, and presentation. A great deal of attention is given to subject matter knowledge and research, precision in text analysis and writing, and the appropriate application of translation technology. Some programs emphasize scientific and technical topics in this course, but others give considerable attention to commercial, economic, legal, and political texts, many of which have a technical component. The frequency, nature, and structure of course assignments and examinations are at the discretion of the instructor(s) of record. Students will, however, be expected to take at least one midterm exam and one final exam.

Prerequisite: 2nd-year student in good standing or equivalent background.

Fall 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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TISP 8642 - Advanced Trans II to Spanish      

This course is the counterpart to Advanced Translation I. Students are expected to translate texts of considerable difficulty and complexity and to cope with the types of operational challenges that are likely to be encountered in professional translation settings, such as working in teams or coping with multiple technologies. Emphasis is on particular text categories and subject-matter knowledge that are pertinent to current market demand for the specific language combination and direction in which the course is being taught. The frequency, nature, and structure of course assignments are at the discretion of the instructor(s) of record, but will include projects that simulate, as closely as possible, the professional translation environment, as well as at least one midterm and one final exam.

Prerequisite: Advanced Translation I or similar background.

Spring 2010 - MIIS, Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS

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