Work in groups of three or four. Ask yourselves the following questions and write down the group’s answers which can then be discussed in an open forum.

1 What is the purpose of translation? 2 What is actually being translated (e.g. language? meaning? words?)? 3 What are the hallmarks of a good translation? 4 How many kinds of ‘text’ (e.g. literary, conversational) can you list?