Fairy tale retellings: Developing intercultural competence through translation

Date / Time: 12 March 2012 4 – 5.30pm
Venue: TC2.27(A&B Meeting Room), Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Dr. Maria González Davies is the Head of the Modern Languages Department of the Faculty of Education (FPCEE - Blanquerna) at the University Ramon Llull in Barcelona, Spain. She has taught English in Primary Schools and at the University of Barcelona as well as translation and children’s literature at the University of Vic where she was Head of the Translation Department. She has also published research on translation, foreign language learning and on children’s and young adult’s literature.

Most recent publication: Whose Story? Translating the Verbal and the Visual in Literature for Young Readers. Cambridge Scholar’s Publishing, 2009. Edited jointly with Dr. Riitta Oittinen from the University of Tampere in Finland.


Maria will present a selection of some of the most relevant outcomes of a pilot project involving 19 student teachers in their third year at the University Ramon Llul. The project, which revolved around research related to Cinderella from both verbal and visual perspectives, is transferable to other educational levels and contexts.

The main aims of the study were:

  • To explore the potential of presenting fairy tale retellings as a valuable learning procedure to develop intercultural competence both for the student teachers and, so, for their future pupils.
  • To provide them with a solid theoretical background and teaching ideas to carry out with their future pupils related to the development of intercultural competence.
  • To apply analysing tools from Translation Studies that may favour an informed study of fairy-tale retellings to diminish subjective and impressionistic interpretations.
  • To design effective classroom procedures that include new technologies.

For further information about the presentation please contact Nicola Daly by telephone on extension 4298 or by email to [email protected]

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