Project Director: Sonia Colina (University of Arizona)
In partnership with the National Center for Interpretation and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Arizona.

Translation and interpretation (T&I), understood in its broad sense of language mediation, is beneficial to all language learning as it brings to the foreground linguistic and cultural rich points. In this way, T&I instruction integrates critical, cross-cultural and transcultural thinking in the language curriculum in an engaging and relevant way and can incorporate multiple literacies by including visual and multimedia components (e.g. film subtitling, marketing, etc.). As an approach to language teaching, T&I can also contribute to the preparation and professional development of the future bilingual workforce by introducing students to ways of using their bilingual skills (through specialized training and education) in the workplace and in many of their chosen careers. This project aims to introduce translation and interpreting components in the high school foreign and second language curriculum in partnership with school districts in the Tucson area and ultimately throughout the US. The program builds on the success of the UA’s National Center for Interpretation’s Preparación program, which has proven results for increasing Latino students’ engagement with and interest in education

The Cross-Cultural Thinking Through Translation and Interpretation project will:

  • Create activities and lessons to implement in high school Spanish classrooms, designed to integrate translation and interpretation into the FL classroom (there will be translated versions for instructors working in other languages);
  • Develop an implementation guide for teachers, curriculum developers, and administrators to use this set of resources in their classrooms;
  • Conduct teacher workshops and webinars, to train educators in the use of these materials.

Currently a professional development webinar is scheduled for May 21, 2021. Materials will be forthcoming in the 2021-2022 academic year, and available as a resource on CERCLL’s website.