CHIN 7008 - Translation & Interpreting: Cultural Communication

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

This course deals with the relationship between language and culture, in particular, it addresses the question of how intercultural communication can be facilitated and enhanced through effective translation and interpreting between Chinese and English. Students will be equipped to increase cultural awareness and cultural flexibility in order to interact effectively between cultures through practical training. It is expected that at the end of this course, students will have developed a sophisticated understanding of how translation and interpreting can be a shift, not between two languages, but between two cultures and will be able to negotiate and manage the cultural differences they encounter to serve a valued communicative purpose.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 7008
    Course Translation & Interpreting: Cultural Communication
    Coordinating Unit 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 5000, CHIN 5014
    Assumed Knowledge Fluency in both Chinese and English
    Restrictions Available to MA (InterpTrnsltnTrnscultComm), GDipInterpTrnsltnTrnscultComm students only
    Assessment Weekly Translation Assignment 30%, Mid-Semester Test 10%, Essay 20%, Oral Presentation 20%, Group Project 20%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Tin Kei Wong

    Office: Kenneth Wills Building, 643

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Integrate cultural theories with translation and interpreting practice

    2. Increase cultural awareness and cultural flexibility

    3. Enhance awareness of one’s own cultural context

    4. Negotiate cultural differences to serve a valued communicative purpose through translation and interpreting

    5. Enhance insights into a communicative approach to translation and interpreting

    6. Develop critical analysis and problem-solving strategies pertaining to cultural phenomena in translation and interpreting

    7. Develop skills and confidence in participating in public discussion as a certified translator/ interpreter

    8. Engage in collaborative work to explore cultural issues in translation and interpreting

    9. Communicate effectively in bilingual and cross-cultural settings


    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, 5

    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.

    4, 6

    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.

    5, 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.

    7, 9

    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.

    1-4, 6, 8, 9

    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.

    2, 3, 4

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    5, 6, 8, 9

    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.

    2, 3, 7, 8, 9
  • 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 transcultural communication in translating and interpreting as certified translators and certified interpreters
    will be developed through a task-oriented, skill-based approach. Students will be encouraged to participate actively at every stage of
    learning. There are three 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 three-hour in-class contact hours, and one hour for unsupervised SGDE activities, students are expected to spend at least 9 hours out of class each week on average.  These include 4 hours on self-guided practice, 3 hours reading and research, and 2 hours assignment preparation.
    Learning Activities Summary
    WEEK                                               TOPIC

    1                                 Introduction: Translating and interpreting culture

    2                                 Translating traditional thoughts and values 

    3                                 Translating health 

    4                                 Translating politics and society 

    5                                 Translating education

    6                                 Translating literature I 

    7                                 Translating literature II

    8                                 Translation and interpreting in Australia: the T&I industry

    9                                 Translating and interpreting humour

    10                               Translation and interpreting in Australia: domestic violence and social welfare

    11                               Translation and interpreting in Australia: legal and health service settings

    12                               Conclusion: Translators/interpreters as cross-cultural negotiators

    Note: The schedule is subject to change. Notification of major changes, if any, will be announced on MyUni.
  • 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
    Weekly translation assignment              30%
    Mid-sem test                                       10%
    Essay                                                  20%
    Oral presentation                                 20%
    Group project                                      20%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    This course follows the Late Assignment Policy of the Faculty of Arts.

    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. All applications for an extension of deadline must submitted within the time limit stipulated by the 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.
    Assessment Detail
    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.

    Weekly assignments (30%)
    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. 

    Mid-sem test (10%)
    There will be a mid-sem test in Week 8, which consists of two parts:
    ·        Translation of one text of approximately 250 words 
    ·        Revision of one 200-word translation including providing details of proposed revisions.
    ·        Notes: The 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.

    Essay (20%)
    Students will write a research essay of 2000 words in English regarding cultural issues in translation and interpreting in Australia, following the format and instructions given. It should be submitted via Turnitin on MyUni as a word document.

    Translation project (20%)
    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 on the 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 optimised 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 finalised on a formatted task paper which is available for download on MyUni.

    Oral presentation (20%)
    Students need to give an oral presentation on the translation project in class or via Zoom.

    The following assignments must be submitted via turnitin on MyUni. Submissions by email will not be considered.
    1. Weekly translation assignment
    2. Mid-sem test
    3. Essay
    4. Group project
    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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    For more information please see "course information" on MyUni.
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