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Arabic

Arabic

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT
Lourdes I. Torres, Ph.D.
Program Director
Madame Cadillac Building, Room 263
Direct: (313) 927-1363
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Theresa Jordan, M.A.
Coordinator
Madame Cadillac #356
Direct: (313) 927.1261
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PROGRAM OFFERED
Translation Certificate in Arabic

Arabic Overview

POTENTIAL CAREERS

Translator, Study Abroad Advisor, Bilingual Assistant, Customer Representative, Court & School Mediator, Foreign Service Worker, Technical/Media Writer, Editor, Proofreader, Court Reporter, Research Analyst, Consultant, Health Care Representative/Patient Advocate, Personal Banker, Manager, Linguist

GENERAL INFORMATION

You will be interested in an Arabic Translation Certificate if you have advanced Arabic proficiency and plan to pursue a translation career. This curriculum will prepare you for the American Translators Association (ATA) certification. You can also pursue this certificate if you wish to communicate more effectively in a multilingual work environment.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION

The Translation Certificate program is a five-course sequence taught online that will provide you with training to translate from Arabic into English. You will also gain some familiarity with oral interpretation.

You can seek admission to the Translation Certificate program if you have completed at least third-year college Arabic classes, or if you have native or near-native reading and writing proficiency in Arabic and English. A placement exam and an interview with the Program Director is also required to complete the admission process.

Translation workshops are open to all qualified students, including native and heritage speakers. Enrollment in a degree program is not necessary for these classes.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS

This program combines theory, practice, and professional training. To accomplish this, you have the option of completing a professional internship at the end of your regular coursework. These courses are taught online. Knowledge on the use of computer communications is necessary

 

Arabic Required Courses

To earn a Translation Certificate, you must complete each of the following courses with a grade of B or better:

ARA 400    Principles of Translation - online
ARA 401    Translation Workshop I - online
ARA 402    Translation Workshop II - online
ARA 403    Business Translation Workshop - online
               -OR-
ARA 404    Introduction to Interpretation
ARA 488    Cooperative Field Experience

Arabic Course Descriptions

ARA 400 Principles of Translation 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of the Modern Languages Department. Term: 1

Introduction to the Translation Certificate programs in French, Spanish, and Arabic. Survey of the main theories of translation and interpretation; methodology section dealing with the linguistic and cultural aspects of language transfer; professional component including an overview of career opportunities and current practices. Course taught in English.

ARA 401 Translation Workshop I 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of the Modern Languages Department. Term: 1

Translation of journalistic, commercial, legal, and scientific texts from Arabic into English. Includes an overview of the Arabic language and a contrastive analysis of the two linguistic systems. Also introduces the interpretation process. Course taught in English and Arabic.

ARA 402 Translation Workshop II 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of the Modern Languages Department. Term: 2

Continuation of Translation Workshop I. Also includes translations of contemporary excerpts from Arabic into English and practice tests from the American Translators Association. Course taught in English and Arabic.

ARA 403 Business Translation Workshop 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of the Modern Languages Department. Term: 2

Translation of Arabic business texts into English. Texts include printed and online promotional and informational material, as well as various types of business correspondence and transactions.

ARA 404 Introduction to Interpretation 3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of the Modern Languages Department. Term: varies

An overview of subjects and techniques in interpretation with an emphasis on classroom practice. Focus on expanding student’s range of expression in order to build vocabulary. Topics covered include: Conference, legal, and medical interpreting.

ARA 488 Cooperative Field Experience 4 hours
Prerequisites: For translation, ARA 400, 401, 402, and 403; for other bilingual field experience, permission of the Modern Languages Department. Term: varies

Opportunity for supervised field experience and preparation of a professional portfolio.