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This unit is designed mainly for native speakers of Chinese who study any discipline at QUT and who are interested in developing their interpreting skills applicable to various cross-language and cross-culture oral communication situations. Non-native speakers of Chinese who have acquired native or near-native competence in Chinese language can apply to do this unit too and they need to see the unit coordinator for an assessment interview before final approval. The unit teaches basic interpreting theories and helps students develop practical skills in dialogue interpreting, sight interpreting and consecutive interpreting through a large amount of varied interpreting practice. The knowledge and skills the students acquire through learning this unit will add to their competitive edge when they apply for work in any field of their own discipline.
Commercial, social and cultural exchanges between the English-speaking world and China have been increasing rapidly and on an extensive scale. On many occasions, successful communication between native speakers of Chinese and native speakers of English depends greatly on truthful and effective interpreting of conversations and speeches from one language to the other. More and more companies and institutions in the English-speaking world and in China have come to see the need to have people on their staff who not only have the knowledge and skills in their professional field but also have the ability to act as the communicative bridge through interpreting between the company or institution on one side and its Chinese or English-speaking clients on the other. This unit is offered to meet such a market need. It focuses on teaching students preliminary interpreting skills in liaison interpreting and,sight interpreting between Chinese and English. Native speakers of Chinese who study in any discipline at QUT can do this unit. Non-native speakers of Chinese who have acquired native- or near-native competence in Chinese language can apply to do this unit too and they need to see the Unit Coordinator for an assessment interview for final approval.
This unit aims to help students develop basic skills and competence in interpreting aural and written materials between Chinese and English. The topics chosen for this unit are related to business situations such as reception services, tours and visits, catering culture, exhibitions and fairs, business negotiations, overseas visit, interviews, and health service. Specifically, students will be trained through substantial practices to think and shift rapidly between Chinese and English so that they can conduct various types of interpreting in a wide range of situations. The knowledge and skills the students acquire through learning this unit will add to their competitive edge when they apply for work in any field of their own discipline.
Course Learning Goals (Undergraduate)
The QUT Business School has established the Assurance of Learning (AoL) Goals to meet contemporary industry needs and standards. Achieving these learning outcomes will assist you to meet the desired graduate outcomes set at QUT - aligned with other internationally renowned business schools. Students will develop the following capabilities relevant to a contemporary global and sustainable business environment:
Knowledge and Technological Skills (KS)
1.1 Demonstrate and apply integrated discipline (including technical) knowledge across the broad field of business with depth in one or more core business disciplines
1.2 Apply technical and technological skills appropriate and effective for real world business purposes and contexts.
Higher Order Thinking (HO)
2.1 Investigate real world business issues and situations through the effective analysis, evaluation and synthesis of theory and practice
2.2 Exercise independent judgement and initiative in adapting and applying knowledge and skills for effective planning, problem solving and decision making in diverse contexts.
Professional Communication (PC)
3.1 Use information literacy skills, and communicate effectively and professionally in written forms and using media appropriate for diverse purposes and contexts
3.2 Use information literacy skills, and communicate effectively and professionally in oral forms, appropriate for diverse purposes and contexts.
Teamwork and Self (TS)
4.1 Exercise self-reflection, responsibility and accountability in relation to own learning and professional practice.
4.2 Apply teamwork knowledge and skills for effective collaboration across diverse purposes and contexts
Social, Ethical and Global Understanding (SE)
5.1 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of ethical and legal principles and practices in analysing and responding to business issues
5.2 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of socially responsible behaviour in analysing and addressing business issues in national and international business contexts.
Unit Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this unit, students should:
1. Have developed a good understanding of the language features of aural and written materials in the area of reception services, ceremonial speeches, tours and visits, catering culture, popular science, business negotiations, health and legal services;
2. Have developed preliminary skills in interpreting general-purpose topics between Chinse and English in the areas covered;
3. Have developed a certain degree of accuracy and fluency in interpreting general-purpose topics in the areas covered;
4. Have developed a high level of sensitivity to cultural differences and appropriateness for interpreting on general-purpose topics for parties who come from a distinct Chinse-speaking and English-speaking language and cultural backgrounds.
The specific learning goals and unit learning outcomes that apply to this unit are shown in the assessment section of this unit outline.
The contents and activities to be covered in this unit include: (1) the analysis of language use on different occasions where interpreting is required, such as guest receptions, catering culture, tours and visits, exhibitions and fair, business negotiations, sports activities and health service; (2) the skills of note taking for interpreting, and (3) a large amount of relevant interpreting practice for developing students' fluency and accuracy in interpreting.
This unit consists of lectures and tutorials. The lectures focus on introducing interpreting theories, analysing language usage, and familiarising students with a variety of interpreting situations and the language features in those situations. The tutorials focus on providing students with interpreting practice tasks and with feedback on their practice.
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.
A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.
Lecture notes and translation practice sheets. Students are expected to print them out for lecture and tutorial sessions. No textbook is required.
There are no out-of-the-ordinary risks associated with lectures or tutorials in this unit.
You should, however, familiarise yourself with evacuation procedures operating in the buildings in which you attend classes and take the time to view the Emergency video.
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