The ecosystem of translator workstation
Learning electronic tools in a training program for professional translators in China
In 2007, the Commission of Academic Degrees of the State Council of China approved an education program-Master of Translation and Interpreting (henceforth MTI), and in 2014 there are already 206 higher learning institutions started running such a program, aiming at training postgraduate students to be professional translators with advanced translation competence. Part of this translation competence is the ability to use electronic tools and resources, which has not received adequate scholarly attention in the field of translation studies in China.The objective of this research is to construct an ideal learning environment for MTI students from the social constructivist perspective by exploring the possibility and benefit of bringing the students out of the traditional classroom teaching into the authentic environment wherein professional translators use electronic tools on a daily basis. This article addresses the following research questions: (1) What constitutes an ideal environment wherein its various components interact to facilitate the student’s learning? (2) In what way does such an environment assist the MTI students to learn to use electronic tools? (3) How can the gap between the student translator and the professional translator be bridged in terms of the skills to use electronic tools in a 2-year training program?In response to these questions, this article explores the interaction among the various components of the external environment of translator workstation. It proposes an ideal learning environment metaphorically referred to as “the ecosystem of translator workstation”, which aims to enable MTI students to learn to use electronic tools in an environment similar to their future workplace. Such a research has great implications for translator education in present-day China by revealing what is best taught or trained in the workplace rather than the traditional classroom setting.
Keywords: electronic tool, translator workstation, ecosystem, external and internal environment, constructivist learning
- 2.Translator workstation and its living environment
- 2.1The evolving translator workstation
- 2.2Electronic tools in MTI programs
- 2.3The social constructivist perspective in translator education
- 3.Composition of the ecosystem of translator workstation
- 3.1The translator as the center of the external environment
- 3.2The supporting external environment
- 3.3The interaction among various components
- 3.4The interplay between training institutions and student translators
- 3.5The interplay between translation service companies and student translators
- 3.6The interplay between software vendors and student translators
- 3.7The interplay between training institutions and translation companies
- 3.8The interplay between translation companies and software vendors
- 3.9The interplay between training institutions and software vendors
- 4.The construction of a supportive ecosystem for translator education in MTI programs
- 4.1Preparing the student translator through social learning
- 4.2From a simulated environment to an authentic environment
- 4.3Constructing an ideal ecosystem for MTI students
Published online: 03 November 2017
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