An international conference on the amazing 2nd-century BCE Laoguanshan 老官山 tomb finds, jointly convened by CCHH (UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity) and ICCHA (International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology). Time: 30 March 2017, 10–17.00. Place: IAS Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building. More...
Humanoid robots as (indirect) tools for digital health in autism
Time: 20 February, 2:30–3:30pm
Place: Room G01, 66-72 Gower Street
Speaker: Alyssa Alcorn (CRAE) More...
Our New Year bonus film, by Hong Kong iconoclast director Fruit Chan 陈果, is 'a sinister story of diet, deception and death'.
Time: Wednesday 8 February, 7pm
Place: IAS Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building More...
Family drama In love we trust (aka Left Right), directed and scripted by Sixth Generation film maker Wang Xiaoshuai 王小帅, hinges on the conception of a 'saviour sibling' for a child diagnosed with leukaemia. The screening will be followed by a conversation between bioethicist Prof. Cong Yali 丛亚丽 (PKU) and philosopher and ethicist James Wilson (UCL) on the issues raised by the film. More...
China Exchange 中国站 has a great programme of events to welcome in the Year of the Chicken. Highlights include a provocative 'short form debate evening' featuring CCHH's Vivienne Lo (Wed 1 Feb, 6.30pm) plus a documentary film-making challenge in partnership with London Documentary Network', plus a Silk and Bamboo 丝竹报春 concert with pipa virtuoso Chen Yu and flautist Liu Menglin... More...
The first film in 6th generation director Ning Ying's wryly humorous Beijing Trilogy, For Fun (Zhao le 找乐) tells the story of a group of retired Beijingers who set up a Peking Opera Group. More...
HISTGC03: Direct Reading and Translation I
Course Convenor: Penelope Barrett firstname.lastname@example.org
Room G11, 26 Gordon Square
Office hours: tba
Programme 2016–17 (provisional)
- Monday and Thursday 14.00–16.00 (4 hours per week)
- Monday: Room G09, 16–18 Gordon Square
- Thursday: various venues – please check your timetable.
Direct Reading and Translation I is a a 30-credit module taught in Term 1 through two 2-hour seminars per week supplemented by individual tutorials.
Direct Reading and Translation I and II (the latter runs in Term 2) together form the language element of the 1-year MA in China Health and Humanity. These two modules will provide structured English language support, and will help the students to develop and refine the written communication skills they will need to present their research to an English-speaking audience. The format is designed to allow native Chinese speakers to work from their own linguistic strengths, contributing meaningfully to the whole programme and the work of the Centre.
The course involves researching and reading Chinese primary and secondary literature, and abstracting, presenting and discussing it in English.
Direct Reading and Translation I will focus on summarising skills and the mechanics of academic writing, including good referencing practice. For each seminar, every student will be asked to read one or two Chinese-language articles on a key topic, normally from a selection provided by the course leaders, and to prepare two abstracts and/or translations of approximately 300–400 words each, to be submitted to the lecturer in advance. The students will present their abstracts orally during the Core course, offering an overview of the Chinese literature on each of the subject areas covered.
The broad subject areas will follow the Core course in Term 1. As far as possible, the seminars will be tailored to the interests and needs of the participants.
In the second half of Term 1, each student will write a Literature Review of 3,000 words on a subject of his or her choice, in preparation for the MA Dissertation.
Work of a sufficient standard will be published online.
Where the student is also a PhD student registered at a Chinese university, this
could entail re-writing elements of the thesis in English.
All students are expected to support their own learning by making full use of the wide range of self-access English language learning material available at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (formerly UCL Language Centre) If appropriate, students may be advised to attend additional courses in English for Academic Purposes at the Language Centre.
50% composite mark for weekly English abstracts/translations
50% literature review (one essay, 3,000 words)
Reading and preparation
It is expected that each student will spend an average of 20 hours a week on reading and preparation.
Print-outs of articles in Chinese on the core topics will be provided each week during Term 1.
Academic Writing in English
Bailey, Stephen, Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students (3rd edition) (London: Routledge, 2011)
Angela Hammond and Mary Martala, Inside Track to Successful Academic Writing (Harlow: Pearson Education, 2009)
especially Chapter 10, pp. 185–193 (‘Summarising’, ‘Paraphrasing’, ‘Synthesing’)
Hilary, Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English (London:
Imperial College Press, 2010)
Pellatt, Valerie and
Eric T. Liu, Thinking Chinese Translation: A Course in Translation Method:
Chinese to English (London: Routledge, 2010)
especially Introduction, Chapters 1–3, Chapter 5, ‘Medical Translation’, and Chapter 6, ‘Translating Traditional Chinese Medicine’
Theory and practice of translation
Bassnett, Susan, Translation Studies (3rd ed.) (London: Routledge, 2002)
Eco, Umberto, Mouse or Rat? Translation as Negotiation (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2003)
Newmark, Peter, A Textbook of Translation (New York/London: Prentice Hall, 1988)
Steiner, George, After Babel: Aspects of Language and Translation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983)
Venuti, Lawrence, The Translation Studies Reader (London: Routledge, 2000)
Foley, M. and D. Hall, Advanced Learners' Grammar: A Self-Study Reference and Practice Book with Answers (Harlow: Longman, 2003)
Swan, M. and C. Walter, How English Works: A Grammar Practice Book with Answers (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997
Online learning material
UCL Language Centre Moodle Academic Writing Course (requires log-in):
Thinking Writing, Queen Mary, University of London (includes subject-specific guides),
skills4studycampus, Palgrave Macmillan (interactive resource, including academic writing and related skills, requires UCL log-in):
Academic Phrasebank, Manchester University (academic writing resource,
designed primarily for international students whose first language is not
English for Academic Purposes: A Guide for Students in Higher Education:
English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (an extensive
range of resources oriented towards Chinese speakers using English for academic
See in particular English for Academic Purposes:
Virtual Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
See in particular Writing:
The Writing Machine, English Centre, University of Hong Kong (self-study
material for academic writing):
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