School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

Community Translation (UG)Western Sydney University Unit Code: 100191.2


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Sufficient proficiency in English plus one other language at native or near-native level.

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students need to be bilingual (in the language combinations offered by the School).

About this Unit
Community Translation facilitates written communication between public services and community members with low literacy in the official or mainstream language(s) of a given country or region. The unit covers the translation of general awareness material (e.g. healthcare, civic responsibilities, social services, etc.) as well as the translation of official documents. Students develop skills in producing target texts in styles appropriate to specific communities and groups, and to the content and function of the source text. They also develop skills in researching and using appropriate specialist terminology, editing and revising, and producing camera-ready documents. On the basis of these skills, the unit further develops students’ ability to reflect upon translation in terms of strategies and appropriateness in relation to the target audience as well as make critical written and oral assessment of relevant translations. Subject to demand, the unit will be available for Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish.

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