Subtitling: Principles and Practice

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
09 April 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA Q91012 Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling,
MA Q91112 Translation and Professional Practice,
MA Q911PP Translation and Professional Practice with Professional Placement,
MA Q91T12 Advanced Interpreting with Specialised Translation (Chinese-English),
MA Q91212 Chinese-English Translation and Professional Practice,
MLANR990 Modern Languages (Translation)

Module description

LA874 is a practical module in interlingual subtitling, using professional software (QU4ntum Wincaps).

Module aims

- To introduce students to the practical skills required to produce accurate and reader-friendly interlingual subtitles for audio visual material.
- To encourage students to discuss and analyse a range of issues that relate specifically to the professional practice of interlingual subtitling.
- To familiarise students with the correct terminology of AVT and the published research in the field to support their practice.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you will able to:
- understand the rules and sub-rules imposed by the audio-visual medium, and have an insight into what constitutes good subtitling practice in a professional context. More specifically, you will be able to do the following:

- apply accurate spotting, ie defining the in and out times of subtitles
- condense original oral content/dialogue, segment text and write in sense blocks
- identify individual frames and successfully handle cuts/shot changes and sound bridges
- observe the natural speech rhythm of an audio-visual programme and the viewer’s reading rhythm
- use effective subtitle distribution
- export subtitles files into different formats (eg: srt.)
- use the basic as well as the more advanced spotting and word-processing functions of the professional Qu4ntum Wincaps software.
- proof-read and revise your work.

Module information

In addition to our weekly class, there will be workshops on AVT organised by the department. Dates to be confirmed.

Learning and teaching methods

A two-hour class each week in a media lab. Teaching will be part lecture/group discussion; part guided individual and group work.


  • Díaz-Cintas, Jorge; Remael, Aline. (c2007) Audiovisual translation: subtitling, Manchester: St. Jerome. vol. 11
  • Pérez González, Luis. (2014) Audiovisual translation: theories, methods and issues, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Díaz-Cintas, Jorge. (c2009) New trends in audiovisual translation, Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Gambier, Yves; Gottlieb, Henrik. (c2001) (Multi) media translation: concepts, practices, and research, Amsterdam: John Benjamins. vol. v. 34
  • Díaz-Cintas, Jorge; Anderman, Gunilla M. (2009) Audiovisual translation: language transfer on screen, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Subtitling Project: 1000 Words 20/04/2020 100%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Sandrine Perrin, 4.217,; ext 2111



External examiner

Dr Yukteshwar Kumar
The University of Bath
Course Director
Dr Frederique Guery
Lecturer in French, Interpreting and Translation
Available via Moodle
Of 36 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
36 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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