Translation and Interpretation Courses

CCA’s Translation and Interpretation area of study walks students through each of the important facets of the industry from the basics to individual modes. Those that complete these courses will obtain a Translation and Interpretation Certificate, the only of its kind offered in Colorado.

TRI 1001 Introduction to Translation and Interpretation (3 credits, online) 
Serving as the introduction into the world of translation and interpretation, TRI 101 will teach the basics, including the history of the field, the techniques practiced today as well as the concepts that come into play. Assignments will include the opportunity to practice, test and polish existing skills while learning additional methods, about tools available and how to obtain employment in the field.

TRI 1003 Ethics of Translation and Interpretation (2 credits, online)
Examine the ethical challenges of the industry, especially in medical and legal fields through the presentation of the National and State ethical guidelines. Discuss various scenarios, cultural competence and real-world application of the written guidelines.

TRI 1004 Business of Translation and Interpretation (3 credits, online)
Learn the fundamentals of starting and operating a translation and interpretation business. Delving into the real-world practice, essential technology, and the industry at large, TRI 104 will prepare students to reach their professional goals through various channels.

TRI 2001 Consecutive Interpretation (3 credits, in-classroom)
Learn the rules, guidelines and nuances of the consecutive mode of interpreting. Improve note taking, memory training and practical application in this classroom-conducted course.

TRI 2002 Simultaneous Interpretation (3 credits, in-classroom)
Learn and practice the skill-set required in simultaneous interpretation. This in-classroom course will allow practical experience as well as instructor feedback, while learning the theory and history of this mode of interpretation.

TRI 2003 Sight Translation (3 credits, hybrid)
Through self-study, online lessons, research and in-classroom learning, TRI 203 will teach the theory and application of sight translation. This important facet of translation and interpretation requires practice and study, which makes this hybrid course one of the most essential for a professional interpreter or translator.

TRI 2004 Consecutive Interpretation II (3 credits, in-classroom)
Continues the development of consecutive interpretation skills from TRI 201 Consecutive Interpretation I, with more focus on the quality of the rendition. Skills on note-taking, focused listening, and coping mechanisms in the interpretation of difficult texts are further emphasized as students advance. The complexity of vocabulary used and the length of utterance are increased.

TRI 2005 Simultaneous Interpretation II (3 credits, in-classroom)
Continues the development of simultaneous interpretation skills from TRI 202 Simultaneous Interpretation I, with more focus on the quality of the rendition. Students develop further linguistic agility and coping skills, and practice with higher complexity texts. They learn research and analysis skills required for adequate professional preparation. Additional attention is paid to the work with portable simultaneous interpreting equipment, and in a team environment.

Read about all of the courses offered in the catalog and course schedule.

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Program Level Outcomes (PLOs)

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains a Translation and Interpretation certificate from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Apply Sight Translation Skills.
  • Show fluency in the delivery of consecutive interpretation mode while effectively using notes as an aid.
  • Execute simultaneous interpreting skills in legal and community settings at high speeds, while still maintaining the integrity of the sentence. 
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