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AIB310 - Introduction to Translation Skills

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Enrolment modes:

(B, X*)


Trimester 2

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:H Kasem

AIB352 or AIB306 or equivalent


*Off-campus study is only available to students at South Australian Universities (other than UniSA) who can attend the tutorials at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.  Unit Chair approval is required to enrol in off campus mode.

Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.


Written sources will include Modern Standard Arabic discourse material. These will offer a wide range of subjects, register and style. Selection of current affairs material from a variety of sources will be examined in order to acquaint students with a wide range of lexical and idiomatic variants.

Topics to be addressed in this unit include:

  • Oral and written translation exercises. These will cover a wide range of domains such as legal, health, welfare, immigration, etc.
  • Translation Project. Each student is given a passage of about 500-550 words in each language to be
    translated into the other language. The class is provided with a copy of each student's translation and this is presented as a seminar by each student in turn. At this point the student has to provide his peers with reasons for particular choices in translation and answers questions from the whole class.
  • Concept of equivalence, register, idiomatic usage, contrastive approaches as an element of translation.
  • Use of dictionaries and reference materials.
  • Some theoretical consideration in translation.


Continuous Translation Assessment 40% Translation Project A: translation into Arabic 1500 words (including critical introduction) 40% Translation Project B: translation into English 500 words (including critical introduction) 20%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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