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Course Descriptions

 

Optional Language Courses

T&I 100
Intermediate Spanish for Translation and Interpretation (3 units)

Fundamentals of Spanish grammar and composition especially structured for bilingual speakers of English and Spanish so they can develop and enhance their linguistic proficiency. Course will consider both the benefits of bilingualism and the need to control interference between languages in formal linguistic registers. Students will be exposed to many and varied readings in order to facilitate discussion and reflection about the multiple cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Emphasis will be on reading, writing, and vocabulary-building skills.



T&I 101
Advanced Spanish for Translation and Interpretation (3 units)

This is a survey course aimed at students with insufficient previous exposure to academic Spanish. It is designed to give students an in-depth review of grammar and spelling; an intensive practice in reading and writing in Spanish; and a rich forum in which to discuss, appraise, and reflect upon cultural issues as they affect language use and identity. The primary learning outcome is that students demonstrate sufficiently advanced level of linguistic proficiency to permit high-level comparative linguistic analysis, as required in T&I Certificate program courses.



T&I 103
Advanced English for Translation and Interpretation (3 units)

This survey course immerses students in academic English. It is designed to give students an in-depth review of grammar and spelling; an intensive practice in reading and writing in English; and a rich forum in which to discuss, appraise, and reflect upon cultural issues as they affect language use and identity. The primary learning outcome is that students demonstrate sufficiently advanced level of linguistic proficiency to permit high-level comparative linguistic analysis, as required in T&I Certificate program courses.


 

Required Courses

T&I 205
Syntax and Discourse Analysis I (3 units)

This course covers syntax, sentence structure, text organization and their interrelationships with meaning and discourse, within a critical hermeneutic perspective, and discusses strategies for reading comprehension and writing composition. The course examines key aspects of the structural linguistics of Saussure, speech act theories of Austin and Searle, Jakobson's communication model and Ricoeur's theories on discourse, as they relate to translation and interpretation.

Prerequisites: Passing score in T&I Spanish Test or demonstration of competency through course work.



T&I 305
Translation Theory & Technique I (3 units)

This course covers introductory interpretive hermeneutic theory as a framework for doing work in text translation; uses discourse-based approaches for editing and comprehending source text; and discusses translation as a process of intermediation between explanation (text) and understanding (reading comprehension) in the intra-language phase, and between understanding and explaining (rendering via writing) in the inter-language phase of translation.

Prerequisite: T&I 205



T&I 306
Interpretation Theory & Technique I (3 units)

This course covers interpretive hermeneutic theory as it applies to the interpretation of speech and explores the use of discourse-based techniques that mediate between explanation (verbal) and understanding (listening-comprehension) in the source-language analysis phase, and between understanding and oral rendering (speech-production) in the inter-language phase.

Prerequisite: T&I 305



T&I 316
Spanish Medical Terminology: Anatomy and Physiology (3 units)

This course covers Spanish medical terminology relating to the human body as structure and system. Students gain skills in translating and interpreting medical documents used in general medical practice, such as medical office correspondence, informational brochures, office and hospital intake questionnaires, and other documents. Translation and interpretation skills are reinforced through class activities.

Prerequisite: 6 units of T&I foundation courses or consent of instructor or T&I coordinator



T&I 318
Spanish Medical Terminology: Diseases and Treatment (3 units)

This course covers Spanish medical terminology relating to general diseases, first aid in emergencies, and common injuries. Students also learn how to interpret laboratory tests, medical history questionnaires, medical disability reports, and other documents. Translation and interpretation skills are reinforced through class activities.

Prerequisite: 6 units of T&I foundation courses or consent of instructor or T&I coordinator



T&I 413
Legal Translation (3 units)

This course emphasizes written translation of legal texts, sight translation exercises (English and Spanish), and analysis of legal translation samples for terminology acquisition. Strategies for adding to personal terminology banks are reviewed.

Prerequisite: 6 units of T&I foundation courses or consent of instructor or T&I coordinator



T&I 414
Legal Interpretation (3 units)

This course emphasizes legal terminology and interpretation skills used in law offices, court proceedings, and worker compensation and immigration hearings. Students will engage in intensive practice of consecutive and simultaneous interpretation.

Prerequisite: 6 units of T&I foundation courses or consent of instructor or T&I coordinator