CHIN 7013EX - Translation and Interpreting Internship
External - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code CHIN 7013EX Course Translation and Interpreting Internship Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s External Units 3 Contact Up to 9 hours per week for 10 weeks, or accumulated 90 hours during the teaching weeks of the semester Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites A minimum of 4 CHIN 7xxx courses successfully completed in the MA(ITTC) program, or otherwise approved by the course coordinator Incompatible CHIN 5015 Assumed Knowledge Fluency in both Chinese and English Restrictions Available to M.A.(Int,Trans & Transc Comm) , G Dip InterpTrnsltn & TrnscultComm students only Course Description This course offers valuable learning to students from both Chinese and English speaking backgrounds, to enhance their translation and interpreting expertise in an up to 90-hour supervised practicum. This unit consists of three components: (1) observation of a practitioner approaching particular translation and/or interpreting tasks; (2) simulated work experience; and (3) work experience at an institution approved by the course co-ordinator. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to (1) have accumulated competence, confidence and experience adequate for a future career in professional translation and interpreting; and (2) have developed an in-depth understanding of, and a clear conviction for the career of a professional translator and interpreter. Successful completion of the translation & interpreting internship is compulsory for meeting NAATI requirement for siting its accreditation tests in translation and interpreting in Chinese and English.
Course Coordinator: Dr Ning Zhang
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. learn specialised glossaries and ad hoc knowledge base required for specific translation & interpreting tasks
2. gain an empirical understanding of issues as well as linguistic and cross-cultural challenges translators and interpreters face in their work
3. apply theoretical concepts learned to practice in the real world
4. gain a broad insight on working as a professional translator & interpreter
5. identify areas one needs to improve on to become a competent professional translator and interpreter
6. be conscious of deadlines and work effectively and efficiently as a team; recognise and understand ethical issues in professional and intellectual contexts of translation.
7. enhance skills in communicating effectively in bi-lingual and cross-cultural settings
8. understand accountability and responsibilities of a professional translator and interpreter
9. facilitate communication in diverse and complex linguistic, socio-cultural settings and demonstrate leadership in these situations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Required ResourcesEnglish - Chinese dictionaries,
Online reference resources
Online LearningThe MyUni site will be used to announce any information regarding the internship program and upcoming events/ activities that students are required or encouraged to attend. Important notices will also be emailed to students on a regular basis, via MyUni announcements.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents will be placed at a government agency, private business, or an organisation who requests translation work by a student. A standard logbook and employer’s report will be provided for students to record their activities and for the supervisor at the workplace to assess their performance. Guest lectures by professional translators/interpreters or observation of professional translation/interpreting may be organised for students to gain an insight into how a practitioner approaches translation tasks.
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.
A minimum of 75 hours of placement at a government institution or organisation, or private business where translation and interpreting work requires. Depending on the requirement of the employer(s), these hours may be spread over a number of weeks. Guest lectures by professional translators/interpreters or observation of professional translation/interpreting may be organised for students to gain an insight into how a practitioner approaches translation tasks.
The program workload includes:
o up to 90 hours in total for the semester
o Record of accumulated 60 minutes interpreting practice 20%
o 2,500 English words translation sample for the semester 20%
o 20 mins in-class reflection presentation on internship experience or 2,000 English words reflection paper 20%
o Internship log at placement 15%
o Employer evaluation report 25%
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1 Introduction, course guidelines and protocol in the workplace for work placement
Week 2-11 Placement
Week 12/13 Student in-class reflection presentation (optional)
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryAssessment task Task type Weighting Course learning outcomes
A. Internship log Formative & summative 15% 3
B. 2,500 English word translation samples Formative & summative 20% 1-3,6
C. 60 min (accumulated) record of Formative & summative 20% 1-5
D. 20 min reflection presentation or 2,000 Formative & summative 20% 1-5
English words reflection paper
E. Employer’s evaluation report summative 25% 6-9
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are expected to pass all the four categories to pass this course. Final mark for this course is NFE with successful completion of all the requirement.
Assessment DetailInternship Log
Students are required to complete and submit their internship log, signed by their employer. 15%
Translation and Interpreting Sample of 2,500 English Words in Length
Students are required to submit 4,000 English word translation and interpreting samples that they have completed during their placement. The translation can be either from English to Chinese and Chinese to English, or both. 20%
60 min (accumulated) record of interpreting practice
Record of interpreting work if and wherever appropriate, or diary of interpreting practice. 20%
In-class Reflection Presentation or Witten reflection paper submitted to the course coordinator
Students are required to give a 20 min class presentation reflecting on their internship experience. A printed copy of the PPT is to be submitted after the presentation. Alternatively, the course coordinator will request submission of 2,000 English reflection paper at the end of the Semester. 20%
Employer’s Evaluation Report
Students must submit a report from each employer, which assesses the students’ performance in translation and their professional work ethic during the internship. 25%
No information currently available.
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
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