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Building Translation Studies and
Interpreting Programs for
Blending Academics
and Experience
By Clorinda Donato, Manuel Romero, and Claire Ziamandanis
One of the challenges facing academic
programs in T&I studies is the ability to
incorporate hands-on, real-life experience into
the academic preparation that is often removed
from real-world exposure. Fortunately,
academic institutions have begun to realize the
importance of including experiential work into
their curricular design.
W
hat should we be focusing on when training future
translators, interpreters, knowledge managers,
and post-editors in the ever-diversifying field of
providing language services? At California State University,
Long Beach (CSULB), we've tried to meet the happy challenge
of answering that question while building an all-encompassing
program in translation and interpreting (T&I) studies.
The following outlines the thinking behind the academic
programs we've created while addressing the challenges of
providing experiential learning opportunities for students to
help them apply their knowledge to face real-world situations.
To this end, we've made the experiential component a salient
feature of our programs, which orients students toward practice
from the very first classes they take. The following sections
summarize our degree programs (i.e., minor in translation
studies, BA in linguistics with a translation studies option, a
graduate certificate in translation studies, and a translation
studies internship program) and the new programs in
interpreting studies currently under development.
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