CHIN 7004 - Advanced Translation: English to Chinese
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code CHIN 7004 Course Advanced Translation: English to Chinese Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible CHIN 5001, CHIN 5009 Assumed Knowledge Fluency in both Chinese and English Restrictions Available to MA (InterpTrnsltnTrnscultComm), GDipInterpTrnsltnTrnscultComm students only Course Description This course aims to develop students' skills in translation from English into Chinese as well as a solid understanding of theories underpinning translation practice. The course integrates theoretical concepts with practice. It introduces different approaches to help students become aware of their own perceptions of translation, translation processes and translation difficulties. It takes an inter-disciplinary approach and utilises contrastive linguistic and cultural analyses to expose students to the features and requirements of text production in both Chinese and English as well as for different genres and purposes. Translation practice covers a variety of text types including certificates, news reports, public speeches, company descriptions, websites, policies and legal documents etc., a professional would commonly be called upon to translate. The course also provides students with opportunities to participate in group work and utilise computer-based translation technology.
Course Coordinator: Dr Baohui Xie
Dr Baohui Xie
Room 639a Kenneth Wills Building
Tel: 8313 4282
Fax: 8313 4388
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Integrate theoretical knowledge of translation with practical skills
2. Apply contrastive linguistic analysis to translation practice
3. Develop strategies to deal with textual complexity at lexical, syntactic, grammatical and conceptual levels
4. Negotiate differences in cross-cultural thought forms through translation practice
5. Enhance insights into effective translation
6. Develop competence in critical textual and contextual analysis
7. Reflect on and communicate one’s own translation processes, challenges and problem-solving strategies
8. Engage in collaborative work and use the Internet to solve problems encountered in translation
9. Communicate effectively in bilingual and cross-cultural settings
10. Consolidate ethical awareness as a professional translator and prepare students for NAATI's certified translator test in the direction from English to Chinese
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 2, 3, 5, 10
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
4, 7, 8, 9
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
5, 6, 9, 10
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
4, 9, 10
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
1, 2, 4, 7, 8
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
7, 8, 9, 10
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Giuseppe, P. (2009) Key Terms in Translation Studies. London, Continuum Publishing.
Online LearningThe MyUni site will be used to announce upcoming curricular and extra-curricular events and host supplementary material. The
site will help students and lecturers to communicate outside of class and help students prepare for lectures. Learning materials will be uploaded on regular basis. The students are encouraged to leave questions and comments on MyUni/ Canvas.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Translation skills at professional level will be developed through a task-oriented, skill-based approach. Students will be encouraged to participate actively at every stage of learning.
There are two contact hours per week: Critical analysis on homework and assignments will be conducted in lectures.
Students are encouraged to group up and spend at least one hour per week on SGDE group assignments and discussions.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The total workload is 156 hours at minimum per semester, or 13 hours each week for 12 weeks. In addition to one hour lecture (asynchronous) and two-hour workshop, students are expected to spend at least 10 hours out of class each week on average. These include one-hour SGDE learning activities, four hours on self-guided practice, three hours reading and research, and two hours assignment preparation.
Learning Activities SummaryWeek Lecture Description
1 Introduction to the course and NAATI certification scheme
2 Approaches to translation: Review of the assignments of the previous week
3 Accuracy, equivalence and expression: Review of the assignments of the previous week
4 Grammar and Functions: Review of the assignments of the previous week
5 Genre, domains, register and style: Review of the assignments of the previous week
6 Mock Test 1
7 Idioms and idiomatic expressions: Review of Mock Test 1
8 Translating a figure of speech and metaphors: Review of the assignments of the previous week
9 Translating long and complex sentences: Review of the assignments of the previous week
10 Context, cognition and optimal choice: Review of the assignments of the previous week
11 Seeking relevance and making optimal choice: Review of the assignments of the previous week
12 Quiz and Conclusion
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Assessment task Weighting
Translation and revision tasks 30%
Mock test 20%
Oral presentation 20%
Final Quiz 30%
Assessment Related RequirementsExtensions
Extensions can only be sought under the provisions of the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy or the Reasonable Adjustments for Teaching and Assessment for Students with a Disability Policy.
For work that is late without formal extension, 2 percentage points will be deducted from the mark for every day (or part thereof) the work is late to a maximum of 7 days (including weekends and public holidays).
For example, an assignment that is 3 days late: raw score of 80% - 6 marks lateness deduction = 74% final mark.For work with a formal extension, these penalties will apply from the extended due date.
There will be a cut-off date for each assignment 7 days (including weekends and public holidays) after the original due date unless otherwise stipulated on MyUni. Work will not be accepted after the cut-off date, and a mark of zero will automatically be awarded for the assignment.
Variations to the cut-off date
Applications for variations to the cut-off date can only be made by the Course Coordinator on pedagogical grounds, and must approved by the relevant School Learning and Teaching Committee.
Assessment in this course
is criteria-based, i.e. the desired learning outcomes are specified and are designed to indicate progress towards the learning outcomes. The assessment grade is a measure of the extent to which the student has achieved the learning outcomes. The standard of performance required for the award of a particular grade is a judgement based on the professional expertise of the staff who contribute to the assessment process and is informed by experience of accepted standards.
There is no predetermined distribution of grades.
Translation and revision tasks (30%)
The students are expected to translate one passage or proofread translation of one passage each of approximately 250 words each per week. The assignments should be completed in an environment simulating NAATI test for certified translators (formerly known as professional translators). Each passage is expected to be translated within 70 minutes including 10 minutes for reading and taking notes. The assignments must be typed on formatted assignment papers. The assignment paper is available for download on MyUni. Please fill in the paper with all required information including student name, ID, starting and finishing time, etc. Both hardcopy and electronic dictionaries are allowed. Smart gadgets such as cell phone or tablets are NOT allowed. While using any electronic device, wi-fi features, if any, should be switched off.
The assignments are to be submitted electronically via turnitin on MyUni by the due date. Submissions by other means, eg. email, will NOT be accepted or marked. Each assignment should be combined and sent in one file if you have multiple texts.
Each assignment must be titled in the following format:
Homework_CHIN7004_Week _ Student Name
Mock Test (20%)
A mock test consists of two parts:
Translation of one 200-word text
Revision of one 200-word translation including providing details of proposed revisions.
Important: The Mock Test will be a computer based exam on MyUni. You can use your own computer/ laptop for this task.
Both hard copy and electronic dictionaries are allowed in the tests. Using phones and tablets is prohibited. You must not use any online dictionaries or search engines (including Google) during the test.
Oral presentation (20%)
The oral presentation is based on a collaborative work (SGDE) that takes joint efforts and offers small group discovery experiences. The project involves both translating and proofreading processes. The workload is estimated to be 4,000 words in total. Each group of 3-4 students is to translate and revise a number of passages of 250 words each and reflect on the translation process. The reviews and highlights the translation and revision process as well as reflecting on theories applied to practice, problems identification, strategies and solutions, and producing an optimized final version. Each student is expected to translate the passages or revise the given translation independently, brainstorm with group members, and contribute to an outcome that leads to a refined edition. Each team will give a presentation reflecting on their learning activities for assessment purposes. Students will be marked individually for their presentation.
Final Quiz (30%)
The translation and revision quiz will be conducted at the end of the semester. The entire quiz takes 3.5 hours. The students will be required to translate two out of three passages of approximately 250 words each and revise a passage of approximately 250 words. Both paper and electronic dictionaries are allowed.
The dictionaries must be clean and without notes of any kind. Electronic dictionaries must not have wi-fi or WAP features. Other electronic devices are not allowed.
SubmissionAll online assignments must be submitted via turnitin on MyUni. Submissions by email will not be considered.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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