TRNS5308 Specialised Translation – Japanese 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
The main purpose of this unit is to provide practical training to students for their future career as professional translators in the language pair Japanese/English. The unit introduces and explains practical techniques used for the translation of specific text types through a consideration of the conventions and theories of discourse analysis and communicational registers. A variety of domains relevant to contemporary translation are studied. This unit complements Specialised Translation - Japanese 2.
Students are able to (1) apply concepts of register, text-type convention and discourse; (2) acquire essential techniques and skills to translate a variety of texts between Japanese and English; and (3) increase cultural awareness of the differences between source and target languages.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) translation assignment and (2) in-class test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Hélène Jaccomard
Unit rules
near-native speaker of Japanese
Contact hours

No textbooks are required in this unit; all material will be provided

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  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.