Foreign Languages and Translation Unit

The Foreign Languages and Translation Unit offers a variety of foreign language and translation courses.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSES

The foreign languages currently offered are:

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish

Each foreign language consists of six level courses:

  • Basic 1
  • Basic 2
  • Intermediate 1
  • Intermediate 2
  • Advance 1
  • Advance 2

Each course/level carries 3 credits and is delivered over a period of 1 full semester (14 weeks) involving 3 hours of face-to-face learning every week as well as online learning. These courses focus on developing communicative competence in all four language skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.

Dr Mohamed Zain Sulaiman, Ketua Program

At the basic levels, students are introduced to basic vocabulary and expressions used in everyday life and trained to participate in interactions. They will also be equipped with a basic grounding in Thai grammar and trained to compose simple sentences. Students will also be introduced to the Thai culture and conventions of language use as they relate to everyday life.

At the intermediate levels, students are introduced to short simple texts that consists mainly of simple everyday language. They will be trained to formulate a series of phrases and sentences on familiar everyday topics and activities and handle simple social exchanges on familiar and routine matters. Students will also develop a further understanding of the Thai grammar as well as the culture and conventions of language use as they relate to everyday life.

At the advanced levels, students are introduced to texts that consists mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language including description of events, experiences and impressions. They are trained to produce simple connected texts and enter unprepared into conversations on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life. Students will also develop a further understanding of the Thai grammar as well as the culture and conventions of language use as they relate to everyday life.

Students who successfully complete three levels of any particular language are awarded with a certificate of language competence.

The Unit offers the following 3-credit translation courses:

  • The Basics of Translation
  • Translation Theories and Methods
  • Translation of Literary Texts
  • Translation of Mass Communications Texts
  • Translation of Legal Texts
  • Translation of Religious Texts
  • Translation of Scientific Texts
  • Computer-Aided Translation
  • Editing in Translation

Each translation course is delivered over a period of one semester (14 weeks) and involves 3 hours of face-to-face learning (1-hour lecture + 2-hour tutorial) every week.

  1. Associate Professor Dr. Ashinida Aladdin (Arabic)
  2. Aznur Aisyah Abdullah (Japanese)
  3. Hasnoor Shima Ahmad Hassan (German)
  4. Dr. Intan Safinaz Zainudin (Translation Studies)
  5. Dr. Ng Lay Shi (Chinese)
  6. Dr. Norhayati Alias (Spanish)
  7. Dr. Normalis Amzah (Japanese)
  8. Associate Professor Rou Seung Yoan @ Rahim (Korean)
  9. Dr. Mohamed Zain Sulaiman (Translation Studies) – Head of Unit
  10. Mohd Shabri Yusof (Arabic)
  11. Rashidah Zakariya (Arabic)
  12. Dr. Suziana Mat Saad (French)
  13. Dr. Zaharom Ridzwan (Arabic)