Mandarin Advanced Translation and Language Study 2 (Nankai) MODLANG5031

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Contributing chiefly to the SMLC Translation Studies programme, this course offers training in advanced translation practice from English to Mandarin across a wide range of text types and genres, including technical (legal, medical, manuals), literary (prose and poetry) and marketing and media texts (news articles, press releases and advertising).


10 x 2 hour tutorials

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.


Candidates for the course should have native or near native competence in Mandarin, a good Honours degree (2.1 or better) and be able to demonstrate competence in English equivalent to European Common Framework C1.

Excluded Courses





Time-limited translation exercise of 600 words to be completed over an 8-hour period (50%)

Portfolio of work comprised as follows:

■ 2 translations of 500-700 words each, chosen from 7 submitted throughout the semester (all unrevised following class discussions). (10% each)

■ Revised translation of 500-700 words (also chosen from the 7). (10%)

■ 1,500-word translation commentary to accompany the revised piece (20%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ provide students with a solid grounding and training in translating independently from English into Mandarin

■ examine and situate a range of registers and varieties of English expanding on the range covered in ATLS 1

■ consider the application of translation methodologies

■ explore and illustrate the use of language-area specific reference and support materials

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ analyse a range of registers, sociolects, specialist discourses and other varieties of English relative to material covered in ATLS 1

■ render these appropriately in Mandarin, considering the stylistic and linguistic differences between the languages

■ apply translation strategies and concepts in stylistics relevant to English and Mandarin, advancing skills developed in ATLS 1

■ explore and employ standard reference tools and other resources to build upon skills acquired in ATLS1

■ cultivate communication, presentational and IT skills appropriate to the course

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.