UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

CHIN2003 Translation for Beginners: English to Chinese

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Science students
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
Content This unit is designed to further develop the existing linguistic and communication skills in English and Chinese of International Chinese students via regular translation practice of English to Chinese in well-structured workshops. Translation is recognised as an ideal way of improving proficiency in two languages. By equipping students with foundation translation skills, such as comparative analysis of Chinese and English grammar and semantics, it caters for the special needs of international students with native or near native Chinese language proficiency (listening and speaking) and literacy (reading and writing characters) who are studying in an English language environment. It provides students with a fully informed and language rich alternative to available courses directly relevant to their experiences, studies and future careers.

Students may also study CHIN2004 Translation for beginners: Chinese to English.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) obtain knowledge and understanding of Chinese and English through practical translation workshops; (2) learn to engage with the ideas and perspectives of different cultural practices; (3) learn to analyse linguistic issues in Chinese and English critically and creatively; (4) develop analytical skills in synthesising and contextualising new information in both languages and cultures; (5) develop skills and confidence in participating in public discussion in both languages; and (6) develop writing skills in both languages.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) workshop activities; (2) group project; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the workshop activities component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Xianlin Song
Unit rules
Prerequisites: native speakers competence and literacy in Chinese or equivalent or CHIN2408 Chinese 8 or CHIN3408 Chinese 8
Incompatibility: CHIN1003 Special Unit: Translation for Beginners: English to Chinese
Contact hours 3 hours per week over 13 weeks
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/CHIN2003/SEM-1/2017

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