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Unit Overview


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 Chinese to English 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 CHIN2003 Translation for beginners: English to Chinese.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the workshop activities component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Liyong Wang
Unit rules
native speakers competence and literacy in Chinese or equivalent
or CHIN2408 Chinese 8
or CHIN3408 Chinese 8
Contact hours
3 hours per week over 12 weeks
Native Chinese speakers can enrol in this unit without having previously completed a Chinese language unit at UWA. If you are a native Chinese speaker, please directly contact your student office to declare this, if your enrolment is invalid.

Students may complete both CHIN1003 and CHIN2004. These units may be completed in any order.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.