CHN8033 : Drama Translation for Translators and Interpreters

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1.       To heighten awareness of modern Chinese drama among Chinese postgraduate students and home undergraduate students of Chinese;
2.       Enhancement of translation skills, particularly with regard to colloquial, everyday language, something which students do not always have easy access to in the academic environment;
3.       Involvement in international professional collaboration in translation, editing and production of the drama;
4.       Enhancement of language skills, and introduction and enhancement of public speaking skills;
5.       Public performance or reading, and if possible publication of the translated drama.

Outline Of Syllabus

Week 1       Drama workshop       2 hours
Week 2       Lecture/seminar on drama translation theory       2 hours
Week 3       Lecture on history of modern Chinese drama       2 hours
Week 4       Workshop on Brecht and Stanislavsky       2 hours
Week 5       Student collaborative translation       2 hours
Week 6       Student collaborative translation       2 hours
Week 7       Student collaborative translation       2 hours
Week 8       Student collaborative translation       2 hours
Week 9       Final editing and discussion       2 hours
Week 10       Read-through       2 hours
Week 11       Voice workshop for actors 2 hours

Semester 2 Week 1 Lunch event and public rehearsed reading or performance. Afternoon or evening theatre slot.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture22:004:00Lectures with q and a.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00Background reading on translation theory and translation of drama.
Guided Independent StudySkills practice160:0060:00Working together on a translation.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00Collaborative translation and discussion based on independent study.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops14:004:00Final discussion editing and rehearsal of drama.
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity126:0026:00Assessed portfolio marked by staff.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity160:0060:00Joint reviewing and editing activity.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module is aimed at providing a student-led collaborative project: students will actively engage in a professional project, with the guidance of staff.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M1002,500 word Portfolio.The portfolio will be based on reflective analyses of any aspect of the collaborative process of the project.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Observ of prof pract1MPerformance or rehearsed reading informally assessed by peer and audience questionnaire.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The portfolio assessment is aimed to encourage the student to reflect on the various professional and academic aspects of the module. These may include an academic approach to the translation work, reflections and analyses of the administrative aspects of the whole project.

Reading Lists