English Section

Welcome to the English Section

The academic staff of the English Section are responsible for the German/English translation classes offered as part of the BA Language Science programme (WP4: Translation) as well as for the German/English courses (Übersetzen, Fachkommunikation schriftlich und mündlich) provided in the MA Translation Science and Technology curriculum. They also offer courses for Erasmus students.

Information for students

B.A. Language Science

Information for Students of B.A. Language Science

The prerequisite for the bachelor's degree programme in Language Science is an entry level of at least level B2 in English (cf. specifications of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The Translation elective includes the following courses, which focus on practical translation from English into German or from German into English:

  • Methodik des Übersetzens unter Verwendung von Tools: The focus is on the practical implementation of language and cultural comparison in translation, developing  research and problem-solving strategies, including digital resources.
  • Übersetzen BI (Englisch): This module comprises the exercises "Übersetzen im gemeinsprachlichen Kulturtransfer in BI" and "Textproduktion im Übersetzungsprozess in BI". Students work out strategies for the transfer of language and culture on the basis of concrete text examples and deal with fundamental translation-related issues.

For more details on these courses, please refer to the Modulhandbuch (pp. 36-38).

Learn more about our innovative degree programme in our video BA Language Science in 5 Minuten  on the Saarland University YouTube channel.

M.A. Translation Science and Technology

Text and translation competence English

1st semester:

  • Z (Zentralübung) Übersetzen als Kulturtransfer (BI)
  • Ü Textproduktion und Übersetzen im kulturellen Kontext in BI

2nd semester:

  • Z Fachkommunikation und Wissensmanagement (BI)
  • Ü Kontrastive Fachtextkompetenz (BI)
  • Ü Textsortenbasiertes Übersetzen (BI)

3rd semester:

  • Z Fachkommunikation und Wissensmanagement (BI)
  • Ü Fachkommunikation und Textredaktion (BI):

4th semester:

  • Z Übersetzen und Medialität (BI)
  • Ü Übersetzen multimedialer Texte (BI)
Translators of the future

Our innovative B.A. Language Science and M.A. Translation Science and Technology programmes will qualify you to become a Translator of the future. You can of course also study our advanced MA Translation Science and Technology with a suitable different BA degree under your belt.


Useful links

Professional associations (Selection)

BDÜ  www.bdue.de


Bundesverband der Dolmetscher und Übersetzer (D)

ADÜ-Nord  www.adue-nord.de


Assoziierte Dolmetscher und Übersetzer in Norddeutschland

DVÜD www.dvud.de 


Deutscher Verband der freien Übersetzer und Dolmetscher e.V.

ATICOM www.aticom.de


Fachverband der Berufsübersetzer und Berufsdolmetscher e.V.

Universitas Austria www.universitas.org


Österreichischer Berufsverband für Dolmetschen und Übersetzen

ASTTI www.astti.ch


Schweizerischer Übersetzer-, Terminologen- und Dolmetscher-Verband

ATA www.atanet.org


American Translators Association (US)

ITI www.iti.org.uk

Institute of Translation and Interpreting (UK)

CIOL www.ciol.org.uk

Chartered Institute of Linguists (UK)

ITIA www.translatorsassociation.ie

Irish Translators' and Interpreters' Association (IRL)

NAATI www.naati.com.au

National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (AUS)

OTTIAQ www.ottiaq.org

Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (CAN)

FIT www.fit-ift.org

International Federation of Translators

Eulita www.eulita.eu

European Legal Interpreters and Translators Association


Corpora (English)


COCA: Corpus of Contemporary American English (über BYU)


BNC: British National Corpus


Google ngram corpus





Merriam-Webster Online (US)



Urban Dictionary



Oxford English Dictionary




Free Online Audio Dictionary (US/UK English)


CAT Tools


SDL Trados Studio


Translation and Localization Management Solutions



STAR Transit


Déjà Vu


Wordfast Pro


Miscellaneous (Blogs etc)


Das Übersetzerportal: Nachrichten rund ums Übersetzen (de)


Language Industry Intelligence (en)


Blog von Marc Liberman (UPenn) (en)


Translation technology, new collaboration models, and inspiration


Sadly defunct, but a great source of information about the US (de)


The official report of all parliamentary debates (UK)


Library of Congress (US)


The Chicago Manual of Style (US)


Online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages

Despite careful control of the content, we assume no liability for the content of external links. The operators of the linked pages are solely responsible for their content.



Dr. Mary Spiecker-Mondt

Section head / Lecturer

Building A 2 2, room 2.12
Tel.: +49 681 302-2517
Office hours by appointment



Sarah Baldy-Kühnapfel


Building A 2 2, room 2.02.1
Tel.: +49 681 302-3681
Office hours by appointment



Ute Buchhauer


Building A 2 2, room 2.02.2
Tel.: +49 681 302-2522
Office hours by appointment