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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
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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.

Arabic Minor

GENERAL INFORMATION
You will be interested in an Arabic Language minor if you want to teach or work in a multicultural environment. An Arabic minor can also prepare you for graduate school in many fields.
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
An Arabic minor consists of 20 total credit hours. By completing a minor in Arabic, you will:

  • Gain broad knowledge pertaining to the history and culture of Arabic-speaking world.
  • Achieve competence in the four areas of language learning and acquisition: writing, reading, understanding, and speaking.
  • Gain an understanding of topics such as the literature, history, popular culture, art, and social issues of the Arabic-speaking world.
  • Apply what you have learned in the classroom by living in an Arabic-speaking country, interning in a Arabic speaking environment, or taking part in a similar immersion experience.

COURSES OFFERED

Arabic 151: Novice (Heritage)
This course is aligned with ACTFL standards 5cs. The focus is to have students use Modern Standard Arabic (FUSHA) in speaking and writing. In this, level students will buildup their vocabulary bank and will focus on basic formal writing in Arabic.

Level 2:

Arabic 250 :Intermediate-Mid (non-heritage)

Arabic 200 is a continuation of Arabic 100 with an emphasis on vocabulary expansion and grammar constructions. Students demonstrate comprehension of new concepts through more advanced reading and writing of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Students will work to improve their listening and speaking skills through more frequent and extended use of Arabic conversation. Cultural focus remains an integral part of the course.

 

Arabic 251: Intermediate (Heritage)

This course will focus on contemporary issues shaping the Arab world using various authentic texts. Students will improve their language skills through reading, writing, presentations and discussions related to different topics including, but not limited to, politics, society and culture.

Level 3:

Arabic 350: Intermediate -high  (Non-Heritage)

Students at this level have a broader range of vocabulary, more fluency in speaking, and more advanced skills in Arabic than students at the regular Intermediate Arabic level. The main goal is to move students in a short period across the threshold of the high intermediate level of proficiency and provide opportunities and learning strategies towards the advanced level of proficiency. This level is characterized by extensive readings and discussions on a multitude of social, cultural, and literary topics. Writing assignments are geared toward stylistic and aesthetic aspects of the Arabic. Students will be with advanced work in reading, writing, listening, and speaking

Arabic 355: Intermediate –High ( Heritage)

This course focuses on how Arabic (both standard and the colloquial) is used in the different Arab societies of the Arab world. We will study how the variation in how Arabic is used is influenced by different sociological variables such as education, social status, politics, gender, and religion.

Level 4:

Arabic 450 : Advanced (OPI/WPT)

This course is intended to develop and build students’ reading and writing skills, vocabulary, note taking, summarizing, paraphrasing, and analyzing skills using a ACTFL standards and requirements for OPI/WPT testing. The focus will be on developing and improving reading and writing, speaking skills through a variety of projects, reading assignments, and discussion board assignments related to different topics in the target language

Arabic 451: Advanced (Literature /Writing) (Heritage students or scoring superior in OPI/WPT)

This course deals with the Arabic short story, covering its genesis and major developments, trajectories, contexts, and authors in the past century. It introduces students to the main influences that had an impact on the pioneers of the genre..