CHIN 7006 - Business and Legal Translation and Interpreting

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

This course provides students with an insight into the needs of professional translation and interpreting in a globalised world where individuals, businesses, institutions, government and non-government agencies and organisations require quality translation and interpreting work between Chinese and English languages. Covering fields of translation and interpreting that are particularly in demand, this course aims to equip students with the competencies and skills necessary to enhance their career opportunities. It lays down a solid foundation upon which the students will be able to continuously build up their bilingual and bicultural competence in business and legal contexts. This course will enable students to translate and interpret a varied range of topics in various business and legal environments, to enhance understanding of cultural and ethical issues in relation to business and legal translation and interpreting, and to tackle complexities of cultural transmission systematically and creatively. Students will also learn to reflect on and explain their translation decisions and interpreting results.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 7006
    Course Business and Legal Translation and Interpreting
    Coordinating Unit Asian Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible CHIN 5004, CHIN 5011
    Assumed Knowledge Fluency in both Chinese and English
    Restrictions Available to MA (InterpTrnsltnTrnscultComm), GDipInterpTrnsltnTrnscultComm students only
    Assessment Weekly Translation and Interpreting 40%, Mock Tests x 2 20%, Written Exam 10%, Interpreting Test 10%, Translation Project 20%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Baohui Xie

    Instructor & Course Coordinator                                             

    Dr Baohui Xie                                                            

    Room 639a Kenneth Wills Building                                        


    Tel: 8313 4282           

    Fax: 8313 4388
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. capitalise on the conceptual knowledge in globalization and globalism for translation and interpreting purposes

    2. exercise the acquired practical know-how in various fields that require business and legal translation and interpreting

    3. familiarise themselves with a wide range of business and legal texts

    4. develop strategies to deal with typical textual complexity in business and legal translation and interpreting

    5. identify, resolve and avoid mistranslation arising from cross-cultural and interdisciplinary factors

    6. reflect critically on translation and interpreting processes involving business and legal procedures

    7. build up competence and skills of specialized written communication in business and legal contexts

    8. respond to the call of duty in fast turnaround time essential for business and legal translation and interpreting

    9. work collaboratively with professionals and experts in relevant fields for optimal translation and interpreting outcome

    10. consolidate and maintain a high level of professionalism and ethical standards

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    4, 5, 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    7, 8, 9
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3, 7, 8
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    5, 10
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    6, 9, 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Depraetere, I. (2011) Perspectives on Translation Quality. Berlin, De Gruyter.
    Gutt, E. (1992) Relevance Theory: A Guide to Successful Communication in Translation. Dallas, Summer Institute of Linguistics
    Gutt, E. (2014) Translation and Relevance: Cognition and Context. New York, Routledge
    Newmark, P. (1981) Approaches to Translation, Oxford, Pergamon Press
    Pellatt, V. and Liu, E. (2010) Thinking Chinese Translation, London and New York,  Routledge.
    Recommended Resources

    Babel: International Journal of Translation ISSN 0521-9744, E-ISSN 1569-9668
    Chinese Translators Journal (China) ISSN 1000-873X
    International Journal of English Language & Translation Studies ISSN 2308-5460
    Meta: Translators’ Journal  ISSN 1492-1421 (digital) 0026-0452 (print)
    Target: International Journal of Translation Studies ISSN0924-1884, Online ISSN: 1569-9986
    Translation ISSN 2169-0731 (Online)
    Translation Journal ISSN 1536-7207
    Translation Review ISSN 0737-4836 (Print), 2164-0564 (Online)
    Translation Watch Quarterly, ISSN  1832-6951

    Online Learning
    The 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
    Skills required for translating and interpreting business and legal topics at the level of certified translator and certified interpreter 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 the two-hour in-class contact hours, and one hour for unsupervised SGDE activities, students are expected to spend at least 10 hours out of class each week on average.  These include five hours on self-guided practice, three hours reading and research, and two hours assignment preparation.
    Learning Activities Summary

    WEEK                      LECTURE TOPIC

    1                              Introduction

    2                              Business and law in a globalized world

    3                              Subject and subjectivity in business and legal translation

    4                              Translating business and legal documents: a relevance theory and approach

    5                              Tackling mistranslation: a matter beyond vocabulary and techniques

    6                              Mock Test 1

    7                              Engaging business and trade: translation processes, methods and standards

    8                              Handling legal documents: concepts, procedures and processes

    9                              Translating business and legal texts: resolving linguistic, cultural and technical complexities

    10                            Translating business and legal texts: managing accuracy and creativity

    11                            Mock Test 2

    12                            Conclusion: Issues involving business and legal translation

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students are encouraged to group up as soon as the semester begins. Usually there are 3-4 people in each group.Students are expected to meet as a group for at least one hour per week for SGDE activities including, but not limited to the following:
    1. Discussing on lecture content
    2. Completing SGDE translation and revision tasks (not graded)
    3. Reflecting and improving on SGDE translation and revision tasks
    4. Working on SGDE translation project (graded)
    5. Preparing for SGDE tranlstion project presentation (graded)SGDE activities are not supervised.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task             Weighting                   Due date
    Weekly assignments             45%                       Weekly
    Mock-up tests                        20%                      Week 6, 11
    Translation Project                 15%                      week 8
    Written Exam                         20%                      TBC

    Modified arrangements have been made to assessments and the details provided here reflect recent updates.
    Assessment Task Weighting
    Translation assignments 30%
    Presentation: SGDE Translation and Revision 10%
    Sight translation tasks 10%
    Mock Test 10%
    Final Exam 40%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    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.

    Lateness Penalties
    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.

    Cut-off 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 Detail
    Assessment in this courseis 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.

    Weekly assignments (45%)
    The students are expected to translate one passage and proofread 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_CHIN7006_Week  _ Student Name 

    Mock Tests (20%)
    There will be two mocktests in in week 6 and 11 respectively. 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. Please bring a laptop with you. If you do not have a laptop or have difficulty accessing to one, you can use a univeristy computer at the test venue.  If you miss a mock test for legitimate reasons, you must apply for ‘extension of deadline’ through the MACA procedures. 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) when during the exam time. The papers will be marked strictly in accordance with NAATI standards.  

    Translation project (15%)
    The translation project is a collaborative work 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 including a reflection component for 1,000 words at maximum. Each group of 3-4 students is to translate two passages of 250 words each and reflect onthe translation process. The word count of the reflection is comprised of review and summary of the entire translation process. In addition to the individual translation, the team work focuses on reflecting on theories applied to practice, problems identification, strategies and solutions, as well as producing an optimized final version for the group. Each student is expected to translate the passages independently, review the works of group members, and contribute to an outcome that leads to a refined edition. The project must be finalized on a formatted task paper. The task paper is available for download on MyUni.

    Written Exam (20%)
    There will be a written exam in NAATI Format at the end of the semester. The exam will be conducted in the format of NAATI certification test for certified translators. The entire exam takes 3.5 hours. The students will be required to translate two passages of approximately 250 words 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.
    The following assignments must be submitted via turnitin on MyUni. Submissions by email will not be considered.
    1. Weekly translation and revision assignments
    2. Mock Tests
    3. Translation Project
    4. Written Exam
    Course Grading

    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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    Student feedback information for the last academic year will be updated in the "course information" module on MyUni.
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