Marygrove College, Detroit

Marygrove College, Detroit – Modern Language Translation
  • Undergraduate
  • Continuing Education
  • Graduate
  • Professional Studies

About the Program

Program Description

The Translation Certificate requires completion of fifteen credit hours in the following courses offered in Arabic, French, and Spanish:

Principles of Translation

Translation Workshop I

Translation Workshop II

Business Translation Workshop

Cooperative Field Experience


Principles of Translation

This course, taught in English, serves as an introduction to the Translation Certificate Programs in French, Spanish, and Arabic. The course includes a survey of the main theories of translation and interpretation, a methodology section dealing with the linguistic and cultural aspects of language transfer, and a professional component including an overview of career opportunities and state-of-the art practices.

Translation Workshop I

This course focuses on the translation of journalistic, commercial, legal, and scientific texts from Arabic/French/Spanish into English. The course includes the presentation of linguistic and cultural issues affecting meaning transfer from theoriginal text into English. It also introduces the interpretation process.

Translation Workshop II

This course, which is a continuation of Translation Workshop I, also includes translations of contemporary literary excerpts and practice tests from the American Translators Association. Business Translation Workshop

This workshop focuses on the translation of Arabic/French/Spanish business texts into English. Texts include printed and online promotional and informational material, as well as various types of business correspondence and transactions.

Cooperative Field Experience

This course provides an opportunity for supervised field experience or free-lance translation work. It  includes the preparation of a professional portfolio.


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Editor notes

The Modern Language Translation program is a good choice for professionals who plan to pursue a career in translation and train for the American Translators Association (ATA) certification. The certificate is also intended for individuals whowish to communicate effectively in a multilingual and multicultural work environment. The sequence of  courses provides translation training from Arabic,French, or Spanish into English. 


Contact Information

Marygrove College

Department of English and Modern Languages

Lourdes Torres, Ph.D.

8425 West McNichols Road

Detroit, MI 48221-2599

Phone: (313) 927-1363


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