Modern Languages Graduate Highlights Professional Translator and Interpreter Experiences and Opportunities

May 1, 2019

  • Cola News

The Department of Modern Languages (MODL), a cornerstone of UT Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts, hosted their 6th Annual MODL Lecture on How to Become a Professional Translator and Interpreter on April 16th, 2019. This yearly event has been connecting students to professionals in the language services field, while simultaneously providing them with valuable career advice in an open and inclusive campus-based setting since 2014. This year’s facilitator, Adriana Cabeza, provided the unique, dual perspective of former student-current professional.


Cabeza, an UTA graduate who holds a BA in Spanish for Global Competence and a certification in Spanish Translation, currently works as Dallas Independent School District’s Translation Services Department Coordinator. Even with a demanding workload, she remains committed to service in the community.


Cabeza currently leads DISD Translation Services’ efforts to communicate important academic information to non-English speaking parents and communities. As well, she manages the funds for multiple grants, ensuring that the highest standards of compliance and accountability are maintained within the department. She has also been instrumental in the development of a tutoring program that services refugee and newcomer students whose native languages include Arabic, Burmese, and Swahili.


“Throughout the years, our Translation and Interpreting students have had the opportunity to interact with well-established professionals including court and medical interpreters, freelancers, project managers, bilingual editors, and translation company owners,” said Dr. Alicia Rita Rueda-


Acedo, Associate Professor of Spanish at UT Arlington. “Often, these presenters are graduates of the Spanish Translation and Interpreting programs; they enjoy successful and lucrative careers, and choose to return to UTA to share their professional experience with future colleagues in the field.”


As in years past, the 2019 event drew praise from attendees and campus stakeholders, alike. The lecture series was created to give students another path to achievement beyond academia. Guiding students to global competency by helping them to achieve proficiency in a foreign language is a primary goal for MODL. This, along with teaching students the skills that allow them to learn in collaborative environments and work with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds encourages participants to understand and appreciate others’ cultures and experiences. MODL curricula currently provides instruction in eight world languages including: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.
For more information about MODL and their events, check out their website.


About the College of Liberal Arts

UT Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) provides expansive courses of study in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts. Our departments and centers are comprised of highly skilled faculty and students who are dedicated to elevating the human condition through research, scholarship and creative activity. We facilitate the development of our students’ essential skills including: critical thinking and problem-solving, interpretation and analysis, research strategy, and effective communication, through the use of creative, interdisciplinary approaches that address the challenges of a complex, global society. We nurture the Maverick spirit and consistently produce community leaders who impact the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and beyond by elevating the human condition where ever they are.


About the University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution. With a projected global enrollment of close to 60,000, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the state of Texas. Guided by its Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions|Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and education within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was recently cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities. U.S. News & World Report lists UTA as having the fifth highest undergraduate diversity index among national universities. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets.

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