CHIN 7007 - Foundations of Translation and Interpreting
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code CHIN 7007 Course Foundations of Translation and Interpreting Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible CHIN 5012 Assumed Knowledge Fluency in both Chinese and English Restrictions Available to MA (InterpTrnsltnTrnscultComm), GDipInterpTrnsltnTrnscultComm students only Course Description This course provides theoretical foundations for the translation and interpreting studies and professional practice required by applicants of certified translators and interpreters. It develops students? knowledge and understanding of contemporary theories in translation and interpreting studies, cross-cultural linguistics and cross-cultural communication relevant to translation and interpreting. It also introduces the professional ethics and code of conduct, and familiarises students with the development of the profession in Australia and overseas.
Course Coordinator: Dr Hong CaiCourse Coordinator/Lecturer
Dr Hong Cai
RM 641, Kenneth Wills Building
Ph: +61 8 83132598
Consultation hours: By appointments
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. gain comprehensive and indepth knowledge of the major theoretical frameworks in translation and interpreting studies
2. develop a good understanding of the link between the practice of translation and interpreting and relevant theories
3. gain a broad understanding of the field of translation studies, including how other disciplines (e.g. linguistics) relate to the field of study
4. develop critical thinking skills and ability to assess translation and interpreting practice from theoretical perspectives
5. achieve a good command of the code of ethics for translation and interpreting
6. develop skills in managing and dealing with clients from diverse cultural and social backgrounds
7. develop skills in identifying potential conflicts and reflect on strategies for problem-solving
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)
1,2,3,5 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
4,5,6,7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3,5 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
3,5,6,7 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
Required ResourcesMunday, Jeremy, Introducing Translation Studies: Theories and Applications, 3rd or 4th edition, Routledge, London and New York, (available at the Ebook Library)
Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators Inc, AUSIT Code of Ethics (full version)
Baker, Mona. In other words: a coursebook on translation (2nd Edition), 2011. Florence, KY, USA: Routledge, e-book available
Gambier, Y. and Doorslaer, L. (Ed) (2010). Handbook of Translation Studies. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, e-book available
Gile, D. (2009). Basic Concepts and Models for Interpreter and Translator Training. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, e-book available
Gouadec, D. (2007). Translation as a Profession. Amsterdam: Benjamins, e-book available
Levý, JiÅÂí, Corness, Patrick, Hausenblas, Karel, & Jettmarová, Zuzana. (2011). The Art of Translation. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, e-book available
Valerie Pellatt, Eric T. Liu, Yalta Ya-Yun Chen. Translating Chinese culture: the process of Chinese-English translation; 2014, Call No. 495.1802 P385tr, e-book available
Catford, J. (1965). A linguistic theory of translation: An essay in applied linguistics / J.C. Catford (Language and language learning). London: Oxford University Press. Call No. 808 C359
Munday, J., & Zhang, Meifang, editor. (2017). Discourse analysis in translation studies / edited by Jeremy Munday, Meifang Zhang. (Benjamins current topics ; v. 94), e-book available
Newmark, P. (1991). About translation. (Multilingual matters (Series) ; 74). Clevedon [England] ; Philadelphia: Multilingual Matters., Call No. 418.02 N556ab
Nida, E., & Taber, Charles R. (1974). The theory and practice of translation / by Eugene A. Nida and Charles R. Taber (Helps for translators ; v.8). Leiden: Brill. Call No. 418.02 N664
Babel; Chinese Translators Journal (Zhong Guo Fan Yi); Meta; Target; Translation; TTR (Traduction, Terminologie, Rédaction); The Translator
Online LearningCourse plans, assessment arrangments and learning materials will be provided on MyUni via Announcements, Course Outline, Week by Week, Lecture Recordings, Assessment, etc.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes1-hour Lecture + 2-hour Workshop
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 1 - lecture per week 12 hours per semester
1 x 2 – hour workshop per week 24 hours per semester
5 hours practice per week 60 hours per semester
3 hours reading and research per week 36 hours per semester
2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1 Introduction; Translation as a profession; Main issues of translation studies
Week 2 Translation theory before the twentieth century; Equivalence and equivalent effect
Week 3 Studying translation product and process; Functional theories of translation
Week 4 Functional theories of translation (continued)
Week 5 Discourse and register analysis approaches
Week 6 System theories
Week 7 Cultural and ideological turns
Week 8 The role of the translator: Visibility, ethics and sociology
Week 9 Philosophical approaches to translation; New directions from the new media
Week 10 Ethics test; Research and commentary projects
Week 11 Oral presentation
Week 12 Ethics test; Oral presentation
* The weekly activities may be subject to change.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceIn-class practicum in small groups during each week's workshop.
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Class participation Formative and Summative Weekly 12% 1-7 Professional & ethical case analysis Formative and Summative Week 10 28% 5, 6, 7 Paper on theoretical and
Summative Week 14 40% 1, 2, 3, 4 Oral presentation Summative Week 11 & Week 12 20% 1, 2, 3, 4
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
1. The in-class ethics test will be converted to online test. (28%)
2. Chapter presentations (12%: 6% for each presentation) and research presentation (10%) will be conducted via Zoom.
3. The essay is submitted via Turnitin as originally planned. (40%)
4. 10 reading questions account for 10% of the total weighting.
Assessment DetailAssessment 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 the experience of accepted standards. There is no predetermined distribution of grades.
Professional & ethical case analysis – 28% weighting
A 1- hour test to be held in Week 10 as an in-class exam. It includes answering four questions on professional ethics within a specific timeframe and under specific examination conditions as per AUSIT's Code of Ethics. A supplementary ethics test is provided in Week 12 to those who fail the test in Week 10. The result of the exam will be used as evidence for determining eligibility for the recommendation for NAATI Accreditation.
Class participation – 12% weighting
Students should actively engage in interaction in-class activities (e.g. case studies) and cooperative sharing of materials and information.
Paper on theoretical and professional aspects – 40% weighting
Choose a topic in the theoretical and professional area of translation and interpreting and write an academic paper of 3000 words in English. The format of the essay is available on MyUni/Assessment and it should be submitted via Turnitin on MyUni in Word.
Class presentation – 20% weighting
Choose a topic in the area of translation and/or interpreting theories and professional translation, and present a talk in English for 20 minutes in class in the form of a seminar in Week 11 & Week 12. The exact time of presentation is to be decided in class based on the signup list.
SubmissionThe academic essay must be submitted electronically via MyUni.
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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
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