Singapore University of Social Sciences

Fundamentals of English-Chinese Translation

Fundamentals of English-Chinese Translation (CTI122)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: Chinese

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


The course provides students with basic concepts and techniques in professional translation from English to Chinese translation. Focus is placed on the techniques that are unique to translation from English to Chinese. Students will learn how to analyse short English texts and use the basic techniques acquired to translate them into Chinese. Comparison of different translations of the same original English text will be used to enhance students’ understanding of techniques. Common errors in translation from English into Chinese are analysed and corrections explained. Students will be required to go through intensive trainings to practise the techniques taught and consolidate the principles. At the end of the course, students will have gained sufficient knowledge and techniques in translating English texts with a moderate level of difficulty into Chinese.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY REGULAR SEMESTER


  • Nature of Translation, Concepts in Translation Process, Expression Strategies
  • Choice of Words, Semantic and Syntactical Implications
  • Conversion and Addition
  • Omission, Repetition and Negation
  • Translating Attributive and Adverbial Clauses
  • Division, Change of Order

Learning Outcome

  • Explain the key criteria, process, principles and techniques of English to Chinese translation
  • Discuss linguistic and cultural issues related to translation from English to Chinese.
  • Identify linguistic theories that support the various translation techniques used in English to Chinese translation
  • Identify the techniques used in the translated texts and discuss the effectiveness of such techniques, with reference to the original texts
  • Develop the skills and techniques in English to Chinese translation
  • Apply the appropriate skills to translating English texts of moderate level of difficulty into Chinese with quality and speed
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