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Department of Linguistics

Master of Translation & Interpreting Pedagogy (not available in 2014)


The aim of the Translation & Interpreting (T&I) Pedagogy program is to equip T&I practitioners with the knowledge and skills to become T&I educators. The course is also suitable for existing T&I educators who wish to develop a more in-depth understanding of pedagogical approaches to teaching T&I. The program draws on cross-disciplinary collaboration between the Department of Linguistics and Department of Education to provide an up-to-date and rigorous approach to the teaching of T&I. The course is designed to implement best practice in teaching and learning in its delivery and as such gives graduates first hand experience of innovative and effective pedagogical approaches in T&I.


Graduates from the course would be ready to enter (or continue to work in) the teaching profession in the tertiary sector; either TAFE or University. More specifically, by the end of the program graduates should expect to be able to:

  • Exhibit the Macquarie University graduate capabilities of self-awareness, interpersonal skills, communication and critical analysis skills, problem-solving and creative thinking skills
  • Be familiar with, and able to apply, a range of theories of adult learning
  • Have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches relevant to the teaching of T&I and be able to apply them in their own teaching
  • Reflect on, evaluate and implement change in their own teaching
  • Design, develop and evaluate curricula and syllabi that correspond to learner needs
  • Understand and implement the assessment cycle, including assessment for learning
  • Design and administer valid and reliable summative and formative learner assessments
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of T&I theory and be able to apply that knowledge in their teaching
  • Undertake research for teaching evaluation
  • Undertake valid and reliable T&I research


Part-time, starting in February of each year.


2 years part-time


Helen Slatyer

Admission requirements:

Bachelor degree AND NAATI accreditation at Professional level with at least 3 years practitioner experience AND a minimum of six months full-time or equivalent T&I classroom teaching experience.

The Master of Translation & Interpreting Pedagogy is a program designed to meet the needs of translator and interpreter (T&I) trainers and educators who have some experience of teaching translation or interpreting in any languages either in professional development workshops or formal T&I programs. The aim of the program is to enable T&I practitioners to acquire teaching expertise in T&I education and to introduce pedagogical principles to the teaching of T&I. The goal of the program is for graduates to be reflective T&I educators, with an advanced understanding of T&I and pedagogical theories as a foundation for teaching practice. All students are required to relate their learning back to their teaching experience, and critically evaluate their work. Masters students will also be introduced to research skills relevant to T&I teaching and assessment.
The program is delivered collaboratively between the Translation & Interpreting Program in the Department of Linguistics, with the Macquarie University Institute of Higher Education Research & Development, drawing on the expertise of academics in both departments.

course structure:

Details of the course structure are contained in the Macquarie University Handbook.


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