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Department of Linguistics

NAATI Accreditation

INTRODUCTION

Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Translating and Interpreting at Macquarie are approved by NAATI (National Authority for Accreditation for Translators and Interpreters) at professional level. This means that NAATI has examined the program and approved it as suitable for students who wish to sit for the NAATI test at professional level. This does not mean that everyone who completes the course will get NAATI accreditation. In order to do this a student must satisfy all the requirements which have been described in the text below this introduction.

The program is rigorous and challenging and, thanks to its flexible structure and a large number of elective subjects, can be of interest to both future translators/interpreters and practising professionals who wish to further enhance their professional skills.

It goes without saying that, under these circumstances, we can set the goals high and provide teaching of the highest quality and students have an excellent chance of not only completing the course of their choice, but an opportunity to achieve NAATI accreditation at professional level as well. Please remember, however, that obtaining NAATI accreditation is not just a matter of us providing you with high quality teaching - it is also a matter of putting a lot of hard work during the course and thus achieving all the required skills needed to pass the final exam at the level required by NAATI. It should also be remembered that while we can make a recommendation, the actual accreditation is awarded by NAATI and NOT by the University.

Jemina Napier
T&I Program Coordinator

COURSE STRUCTURE

1. Admission requirements

An undergraduate degree is required. In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must either pass an English test at a satisfactory level (TOEFL 600 or IELTS Band 7.0 ).

Students whose mother tongue is English must have a BA with a major in the LOTE in question (i.e. Chinese, Japanese and Korean). If they don't have a BA like this, they must present the results of an approved standard test in LOTE or, if this is not available, they will be assessed by our lecturers.

2. Course curriculum

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN TRANSLATING AND INTERPRETING

One year full-time, 32 credit points, starting: February and July for Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

Students who complete 28 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of an optional units as described in the section below on accreditation, will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting.

Students wishing to obtain NAATI accreditation at Translator or Interpreter Level (formerly Level 3), must complete the following units as obligatory, with two accreditation options available.

For Translation accreditation

Language/social & cultural studies

  • TRAN880 Discourse and Text Analysis for Translators and Interpreters
  • TRAN881 Communication Skills for Translators and Interpreters

Professional/social & cultural studies

One Optional unit - TRAN874 Professional Practice in Translating and Interpreting

For Interpreting accreditation

Language/social & cultural studies

  • TRAN880 Discourse and Text Analysis for Translators and Interpreters
  • TRAN881 Communication Skills for Translators and Interpreters

Professional/social & cultural studies

  • TRAN821 Interpreting Practice 1
  • TRAN822 Intepreting Practice 2
  • TRAN877 Translation Practice 1
  • TRAN878 Introduction to Conference Interpreting

One Optional unit - TRAN874 Professional Practice in Translating and Interpreting

Students who achieve a minimum of 75/100 in their final TRAN820 or TRAN822 examination, assessed by an internal marker and moderated by an external one, and have completed the required practicum in translation or interpreting will be recommended for NAATI accreditation in translation or interpreting at a professional level through our program.

 

MASTER OF TRANSLATING AND INTERPRETING

One and half years full-time, 48 credit points, starting: February and July for Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

Students who complete 32 credit points of core units and 16 credit points of optional units, obtaining 48 credit points, will be awarded a Master of Translating and Interpreting as an academic degree.

Those Masters students wishing to obtain NAATI accreditation should complete PG Dip units depending on their accreditation options.

Please note that while we make recommendations about accreditation, NAATI is the actual accrediting institution. For this reason, students should pay their fees for their accreditation according to the NAATI rules:

Section D.2. NAATI fees - Course accreditation

Accreditation of Course Graduates
(available to eligible graduates upon application and payment of the appropriate fee direct to NAATI)

Professional (formerly Level 3): $170

All fees include the relevant certificate/s and first Directory entry.

Note:

  1. Initial application fee of $102 for first application to NAATI should be added to the above fee when applicable.
  2. The fees quoted are for 20011/2012. NAATI fees are normally reviewed annually and may increase from 1 July each year.
  3. NAATI fees and costs may be tax deductible.

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