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Teaching Translation Online: A Reflective Study

Author/Editor: Ko, Leong

Year of publication: 2012

Place of Publication & Publisher: Translation Quarterly 翻譯季刊 (Hong Kong : The Hong Kong Translation Society), 63(2012): 1-26

Publisher URL: http://www.hkts.org.hk/cgi-bin/pub.pl

ISBN/ISSN: ISSN 1027-8559

Publication blurb:

The development of Internet technology has had a wide ranging effect on education, and has also resulted in a number of attempts to train translators online. This paper is based on an empirical study of the teaching of a formal translation course online. It looks at different aspects of an online translation course,including the technical requirements, pedagogical strategies and constraints, issues of classroom interaction, and the advantages and disadvantages of online teaching. It is based on the analysis of actual teaching experience and feedback from the students involved. Its findings indicate that although advances in Internet technology have made online teaching of translation feasible, when offering a course online as part of a formal study program,consideration will need to be given to a number of practical issues which do not exist in conventional teaching and may not been countered in experiments in online teaching. These issues concern the selection of an appropriate network and software program, online technical support, online teaching strategies, communications protocol, in-class interaction and discussion, marking, and other relevant factors. Such issues all have an impact on formal online teaching and therefore need to be considered when designing and implementing online translation courses. The paper concludes that an online translation course has unique features and should therefore be considered as a course in its own right.The research findings provide a useful point of reference for further studies and the development of future online translation courses. 

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