Workshop

All about register: translating slang

What makes language formal and informal? In this workshop students will explore the inherently political notion of register in translation. How do we know what kind of language to use when? How does having a standardised language affect the value we place on different ways of using the same language? Students will explore these questions through a range of fun translation-based activities and apply these ideas to their translations of a popular UK rap song.

β€œThe Shadow Heroes workshop has helped the students gain a fresh perspective on how the language we use reflects who we are and enabled them to think critically about the assumptions we might have about people from different backgrounds. The activities were imaginative and energised the class.”
– Teacher, Farnborough Sixth Form College

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