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CHIN250 Practical Chinese: Chinese/English Translation

Translation Poster

How does communication change in translation? By analyzing news, movies, and fiction, this hands-on paper develops practical skills for translating across Chinese and English.
CHIN250 Practical Chinese adopts a practical approach towards teaching cross-cultural communication through the translation of tourism brochures, films, newspaper headlines, advertising features, music lyrics, fiction, and blogs. This emphasis is on the everyday relevance of the acquired skills and students will develop a portfolio of their translated work.
The paper is taught and assessed in Chinese and English.

Advanced proficiency in Chinese language is required.

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How does communication change in translation? Analysis of news, movies and fiction for hands-on development of practical skills for translating across Chinese and English. Advanced Chinese language proficiency required.

Paper title Practical Chinese: Chinese/English Translation
Paper code CHIN250
Subject Chinese
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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36 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Advanced Chinese language proficiency required.
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Paola Voci
Dr Sin Wen Lau
Dr Lorraine Wong
Paper Structure

Lectures will focus on core topics in translation practices, such as stylistic equivalence, cross-cultural communication, bilingualism, the language of tourism, literary creativity, and changing media culture. These skills will be developed through application in the professional fields of business, politics and public affairs, literature, art, and mass media.

Each week begins by introducing a core topic in a specific field of translation practices, for example business, politics, public affairs, literature, art, and mass media. Every two weeks students will work on a small exercise to apply what they have learned from the lectures.

In the weekly tutorials, students will engage in group discussions on the assigned readings with the tutor's guidance, as well as receiving feedbacks on their assignments.

Teaching Arrangements

Two 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week, with a mixture of lecturing and discussion-based teaching, in which students will engage with the weekly assigned readings.

A list of weekly assigned readings will be made available on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this paper, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a well-argued position on a translated text;
  2. Evaluate the quality of translated texts;
  3. Apply translation theories to practices;
  4. Handle translation tasks with confidence independently;
  5. Practise translation in real-life situations.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41