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Collaborative learning in an English-to-Arabic translation course

Mosleh, Nansy (2020) Collaborative learning in an English-to-Arabic translation course. PhD thesis, Dublin City University.

Collaborative translation is a group activity in which participants work together to accomplish a single translation task or project (Kiraly 2000). While collaborative translation has grown in importance in community and professional settings over recent years (O’Hagan 2011; Cordingley and Manning 2017) and is currently being employed in many academic settings (Kiraly 2003; Kiraly et al. 2016a; Buysschaert et al. 2017; Kiraly and Massey 2019), its use in Arabic-speaking translator-training environments has thus far been limited, and little emphasis has been put on the issue of social interaction in collaborative translation. Against this background, this thesis reports on the design and implementation of a collaborative translation project at the Department of Translation, Yarmouk University, Jordan. The project involves a simulation of a real translation workplace in the translation course known as TRA 230 (translation from English into Arabic) in the academic year 2017/2018. Drawing on the tenets of social constructivism and using participatory action research and mixed methods in data collection, the research seeks principally to investigate how the instigation of a specifically collaborative teaching and learning environment affects the development of students’ teamworking and translation skills. Data on interactions was collected using classroom observation and questionnaires were used to elicit students’ attitudes towards the collaborative teaching and learning approach. Analysis of the qualitative data collected through observation show that the participants learned or honed many important transferable skills that they will need in their future careers as translators. Quantitative findings, based on the questionnaire research, were consistent with the qualitative results: participants showed high levels of agreement with positive statements related to the impact of teamwork on the development of both translation and interpersonal skills. The research thus concludes that collaborative translation is a feasible and successful teaching and learning approach in the English-to-Arabic translation classroom.
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Date of Award:November 2020
Supervisor(s):Kenny, Dorothy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Arabic; collaborative learning; constructivism
Subjects:Humanities > Translating and interpreting
Social Sciences > Education
Social Sciences > Teaching
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
Research Institutes and Centres > Centre for Translation and Textual Studies (CTTS)
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
Funders:School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, DCU
ID Code:24743
Deposited On:11 Dec 2020 16:12 by Dorothy Kenny . Last Modified 11 Dec 2020 16:14

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