Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Wallace Chen

Associate Professor & Program Coordinator Chinese T & I

I specialize in English-Chinese conference interpreting, translation, and using corpus methodology in translation teaching and research. My published translations cover a wide range of topics, including biology, patent and intellectual property, computing, environmental protection, psychology, Internet, online commerce, history, anthropology, and science and technology. I taught translation and interpreting at National Taiwan Normal University and Soochow University in Taiwan. I also taught interpreting to staff interpreters of state-owned enterprises in China, as well as holding workshops on corpus-assisted translation teaching and studies in Training-of-Trainers programs in Beijing. I am a permanent member of Taiwan Association of Translation and Interpretation (TATI). I have given keynote speeches and presentations on Corpus-based Translation Studies in conferences and seminars held in Taiwan, Beijing and the United Kingdom. I am currently building a number of translation corpora for use in text selection and T&I teaching.

Expertise

Interpreting and translation of English and Chinese, corpus-based translation studies

Education

PhD, Corpus-based Translation Studies, University of Manchester, U.K.

MA, Translation and Interpretation (Chinese and English), Monterey Institute of International Studies, U.S.A.

BA, English, Soochow University, Taiwan

Course List

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TICH 8502 - Intro to Interp into Chinese      

Introduces students to conference interpretation in general and consecutive interpretation in particular. Lays a foundation for the development of professional skills in consecutive interpretation, emphasizing the ability to understand and analyze a message in the source language (SL) and convey it in the target language (TL) in a straightforward and clear manner. Develops students’ ability to identify, analyze, and paraphrase the meaning in the SL and establish logical relations between its components. Emphasis is placed on active listening and concentration skills, memory, the ability to abstract information for subsequent recall, and basic elements of note-taking. At the end of the course, students are able to interpret extemporaneous passages that are on topics familiar to them and are between three and five minutes in length.

In language-specific sessions and joint sessions with other language programs, students are introduced to the skill of consecutive interpreting in both theory and practice. They practice listening to and repeating the content of passages of increasing length and difficulty. Students hone their public-speaking skills by developing and delivering speeches. Content is interpreted on topics from daily life, current events and the media, and general areas of personal interest to students.

Course assignments include readings and research on class topics, presentations, practice, graded exercises, and peer and self-assessment. The frequency, nature, and structure of course assignments and examinations are at the discretion of the instructor(s) of record.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2015 - MIIS

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TICH 8514 - Intro Sight Trans to Chinese      

Introduces students to the basic theory and practice of translation, both written and sight. Students will learn to apply text analysis, text typology, and contrastive analysis of their working languages to identify, analyze, and resolve translation problems while independently developing an efficient and rational approach to the process of translation. The appropriate application of electronic translation tools will also be introduced. Fundamental translation theory will be emphasized at the beginning of the course and will be conveyed in the form of assigned readings, lectures, class discussions, and independent research. In addition, course assignments will include practice and graded exercises in sight and written translation, utilizing authentic texts drawn from an extensive variety of text categories that include, but are not limited to, current events, general political economy, general legal documents, and scientific and technical topics for general audiences. As the term progresses, student time and effort will increasingly be spent on the preparation and evaluation of written translation assignments. Students will be expected to take at least one midterm exam and one final exam, to be assigned at the discretion of the instructor(s) of record.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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TICH 8528 - Intrm Intrp-Siml into Chinese      

Intermediate Interpretation – Consecutive and Simultaneous

Builds on the practical and theoretical foundation laid in Introduction to Interpretation. Consists of both language-specific and joint sessions with other language programs.

In consecutive, students learn to identify the implicit structural organization of an extemporaneous speech by presenting and interpreting speeches of this type. Reinforces ability to perceive essential meaning and further develops note-taking techniques. Emphasizes clarity of expression, correct style and grammar, proper diction, and polished presentation. Students also expand their active vocabulary to include the terms and idioms that frequently occur in extemporaneous speeches. At the end of the course, students are able to interpret passages that are delivered extemporaneously, are of moderate difficulty, and are derived from professional settings. These passages vary from one to several paragraphs in length depending upon language combination, direction, and source content.

In simultaneous, students are introduced to basic strategies of interpreting in this mode in the booth. Begins with a general introduction and follows up with a series of preparatory exercises helping students develop the concentration necessary for listening and speaking at the same time, mastering voice management, and acquiring smooth delivery techniques. Students learn to analyze discourse for meaning while rendering a coherent version in the TL with correct grammar, diction and style. At the end of the course, students are able to interpret passages that are between eight and ten minutes in length.

Content on a wide range of topics and current events is interpreted, with some emphasis placed on business and economics. Course assignments include readings and research on class topics, presentations, practice, graded exercises, and peer and self-assessment. The frequency, nature, and structure of course assignments and examinations are at the discretion of the instructor(s) of record.

Course prerequisites: Introduction to Interpretation or the equivalent

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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