Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Maria da Conceição Condinho Bravo

Putting the reader in the picture. Screen translation and foreign-language learning

Co-supervisors: Yves Gambier, Manuel Célio Conceição
Tutor: Anthony Pym

Research Summary

This research is based on the juxtaposition of two convictions: the first one, that translation is a necessary and desirable skill for foreign language development and learning and, the second, that interlingual and intralingual subtitles offer an opportunity to acquire or learn a foreign-language more rapidly. The aim of this research lies in evaluating the effectiveness of subtitling as a language-learning tool amongst learners in Portugal. Two experiments will be conducted to analyze the impact of intralingual (teletext) and interlingual subtitled material. Additional data will also be collected through questionnaires and informal interviews to the learner subjects and their language teachers.


2013. "O ensino do inglês no ensino público e as novas orientações ministeriais", APHELLE conference, University of the Algarve, December 2013 (forthcoming).

2010. (eds.) Diaz-Cintas, Jorge, Anna Matamala and Josélia Neves. New Insights into Audiovisual Translation and Media Accessibility, "Text on screen, text on air: a useful tool for foreign-language teachers and learners": 269-283.

2008. "Linguistic issues managed through AVT". International Conference on Translation in Second Language Teaching and Learning. National University of Ireland, Maynooth and University College Dublin, Ireland 27th- 29th March 2008. Publication forthcoming.

2007, "Text on screen, text on air: a useful tool for foreign-language teachers and learners".  2nd International Conference: Media for All. Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, 7-9th November 2007. Publication forthcoming

2007, "Grammar exploration in FL learning via translation studies". New Research in Translation and Interpreting Studies, The Intercultural Studies Goup at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 18-19th October 2007.

Bravo, Maria da Conceição Condinho. 2006 "Screen translation and foreign-language learning. The use of intralingual subtitles". Contrapor2006 - 1st Portuguese Translation Conference, 11-12th September 2006, FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon. Published in Conference proceedings.

Bravo, Maria da Conceição Condinho.2005. "Foreign language learning made simpler by reading subtitles". 1st International Conference on Teacher Education, Kraków, 12-15 May 2005. Published in Misztal, M. & M. Trawinski (eds.). 2005. Studies in Teacher Education: Language, Literature, and Culture. Krakow: 105-114.


2014. "The ClipFlair idea: an interactive tool for Foreign-language learning/teaching", at International Language Conference (ILC), International Islamic University of Malaysia, May 2014.

2012. "21st century language lab: a web platform with interactive audiovisual activities", AKDENIZ Language Studies Conference, 9-12 May 2012, Antalya, Turkey.

Viva: December 8, 2008

Examining committee :
Dr. Catherine Way (Universidad de Granada)  
Dr. Cristóbal Scott-Tennent (URV)
Dr. Federic Chaume (Universitat Jaume I)
Dr. Patrick Zabalbeascoa (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)  
Dr. Belinda Maia (Universidade do Porto)

External experts
Dr. Christopher Taylor (Università Trieste)
Dr. Margaret Rogers (University of Surrey)

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