Intermediate Japanese Translation Skills

Course Code: JSL501

This course builds on the topics discussed in the introductory translation skills course (JSL401), and provides additional practical, theoretical, and technical knowledge to help students further develop and master their translation skills. Through various assignments and discussions, students will gain a deeper understanding of the translation process, the application of translation strategies, the role of the translator, and the definition and importance of a high-quality translation to further improve their translation skills and produce high-quality documents in a variety of settings.

1. To better understand the translation process and skills needed to produce a high-quality document.

2. To gain more practical experience and confidence in translating a variety of documents.

3. To gain a fundamental understanding of the theoretical considerations in translation.

Students who are interested in the field of translation and/or want to further develop and master the skills required for the art of translation.

No required textbook
Ming Tam
Ming Tam is a translator and editor from Canada who works mainly in technical, medical, scientific, and academic fields. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Translation Studies from Portsmouth University, U.K., and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University, Canada. She has work experience in biotech and pharma research as well as teaching. She has a passion for figuring out creative strategies to deal with hard-to-translate terms and culture-specific items, especially food terms, to bridge the gap between languages and cultures and facilitate communication.
Her goal is to help students learn not only practical translation skills, but also to translate with awareness of the purpose of translations and the role translators play in an increasingly globalized world.