CHIN 2215 - English-Chinese Translation for Chinese Speakers
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code CHIN 2215 Course English-Chinese Translation for Chinese Speakers Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites CHIN 2213 or native or near native Chinese language proficiency (including Chinese dialects) or upon consultation with the Course Coordinator. Incompatible CHIN 3221 Course Description This course is designed to further develop students? linguistic skills and knowledge of modern standard Mandarin Chinese through translation exercises. It consists of tuition in Chinese and English syntax and semantics as well as translation practice. Methods of comparative study in both language and cultures, and analysis of Chinese and English grammatical features and characteristics will be applied in classroom and students? exercises.
Course Coordinator: Dr Baohui XieOffice: 639a Kenneth Wills Building, North Tce Campus
Ph: 8313 4282
Consultation hours: Please see course information on MyUni
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. understand the general theoretical issues in translation.
2. recognise basic syntactical and semantic differences and characteristics between English and Chinese
3. understand the information conveyed in the source text for different contexts.
4. understand and respect socio-cultural differences and diversity through translation texts.
5. diagnose mistranslation and loss of meaning in translation.
6. engage in collaborative work and use paper references and online resources to solve problems in translation practice.
7. recognise and understand ethical issues in professional and intellectual contexts of translation.
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)
1-5, 7 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
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
6 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, 7 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
4-5, 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 ResourcesCourse readings available on MyUni
Recommended ResourcesChinese & English dictionaries
Students are permitted to use paper dictionaries at exams and tests.
Online LearningOne hour online lecture is provided per week. Students are required to view the online lecture on time.
Tests for translation practice for each week's tutorial will be uploaded on MyUni one week in advance. Students are required to prepare the translation and bring the translation to tutorial class for discussion.
The MyUni site will be used to announce upcoming curricula and extra curricula activities and events.
Students are expected to check MyUni regularly for course materials and information.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe two-hour workshops are conducted with an interactive approach. Sample texts of translation are discussed in workshops on the topic and translation techniques introduced in the online lecture each week.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.1 x 1 hour online lecture per week 12 hours per semester
1 x 2 hours workshops each week 24 hours per semester
6 hours reaching per week 72 hours per semester
2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
2 hours assignment/exercise preparation per week 24 hours per semester
Total Workload 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1 Introduction
Week 2 Cross-culture awareness
Week 3 Translation and culture; comparing linguistic and thinking patterns between Chinese and English
Week 4 Literal translation and semantic translation
Week 5 Equivalence and equivalent effect
Week 6 Mid-Semester Test
Week 7 Translation Techniques
Week 8 Translating metaphors
Week 9 Text types and translation
Week 10 Group presentation - Translation and culture
Week 11 Group presentation - Equivalence and equivalent effect
Week 12 Group presentation - Translation techniques
Specific Course RequirementsStudents are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials. In particular, attendance to and participation in tutorials will be counted towards the final grade.
Students who have missed a formative assessment must lodge an application for extension/ replacement test in compliance with the University's MACA policy. The policy and forms can be found at https://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/3303/ . All applications for extension of deadline or replacement test must submitted to the Faculty of Arts within the time limit required by the policy.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceClasses are conducted with an interactive, student-centred approach. A topic is introduced in each lecture and further supported by translatipn practice, discussions and problem-solving activities in the workshop each week. Students are to form small groups in class for discussion of translation theories and practice.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Translation for seminars 20%
Translation Project Presentation 10%
Translation Project 30%
Final Quiz 40%
Assessment Related Requirements
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.
A. Translation for Seminars (20%)
Students are required to engage the course and prepare for tutorials by
1. translating a short passage
2. identify issues in translating processes and bring questions to tutorials;
3. Actively engaging in tutorial discussions and producing quality work of translation by demonstrating a) understanding of original text and social-cultural aspects in the original text, b) accurate use of structures, grammar and expressions, c) application of translation techniques and skills learned in class, and d) original contribution to the translation work.
B. Translation Project (30%) and Oral Presentation (10%)
Students will group up at the beginning of the semester. Each group shall select one of the three issues in translation and will be given an article to translate. The issues are the ones covered in lectures during Weeks 2-8. In week 10. 11 or 12 each group are to give a 9 -minute oral presentation in Chinese to reflect on their translation process.
The main criteria for the oral presentation assessment include:
1. Demonstrated knowledge in translation process, translation requirements and translation methods;
2. Demonstrated ability to articulate and communicate one’s own translation process and techniques.
C. Final Quiz (40%)
There will be an online Quiz at the end of the semester.
The main criteria used for assessment include:
1. Evidence of ability to recognise basic syntactical and semantic differences and characteristics between English language and Chinese language.
2. Demonstrated ability to understand and apply basic theories and techniques in translation.
3. Evidence of ability to comprehend the original text in English.
4. Demonstrated ability to use complex and varied structures in Chinese written form.
SubmissionThe written test will be submitted in class. Group translation text for the oral presentation will be submitted through Turnitin on MyUni by Week 9.
Late submission will incur penalty with 2 percentage points deducted from the mark for each day to a maximum of 7 days (including weekends and public holidays) according to the Faculty's late assignment policy.
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For work with a formal extension, these penalties will apply from the extended due date.
Work will not be accepted after the cut-off date (7 days from the due date including weekends and public holidays), and a mark of zero will automatically be awarded for the assignment.
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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