Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number4   December 2021                                              Pp.86-102

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Teaching Translation during COVID-19 Outbreak: Challenges and Discoveries 

Rafat Y. Alwazna
 Department of European Languages and Literature
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Received: 9/23/2021                           Accepted: 11/10/2021            Published: 12/15/2021


The present paper addresses translation teaching during the COVID-19 outbreak, seeking to discover the challenges translation teachers encounter in online education and the solutions available to resolve them. Its importance springs from the fact that teaching almost all over the world had to depend on distant teaching/learning through electronic platforms to face the pandemic of COVID-19. Therefore, the present study seeks to discover the challenges encountered in online translation teaching and the proposed solutions to overcome them. It intends to answer the following questions: how does teaching translation during the COVID-19 outbreak look like? What are the challenges encountered in teaching translation during the COVID-19 outbreak? What are the discoveries found in teaching translation during the COVID-19 outbreak that may serve as advantages/solutions for the challenges faced? The paper uses a comprehensive questionnaire containing closed-ended and open-ended questions to elicit quantitative and qualitative data from sixty translation teachers. The data shows that 40% of the participants evaluate their online translation teaching experience during the COVID-19 outbreak as enjoyable. In contrast, no participant has assessed their online translation teaching experience as not good. About 23.33% of the participants consider their online translation teaching experience very good, and the same percentage applies to those who evaluate their online translation teaching experience as good to some extent. Thus, around 13.33% of the participants consider their online translation teaching experience good. The data also indicates that most participants have encountered obstacles in online teaching and have concurrently proposed solutions to resolve them.
Keywords: Challenges, COVID-19 outbreak, electronic learning platform, online translation teaching, solutions

Cite as:  Alwazna, R. Y. (2021). Teaching Translation during COVID-19 Outbreak: Challenges and Discoveries.
Arab World English Journal, 12 (4) 86-102.


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Received: 9/23/2021 
Accepted: 11/10/2021
Published: 12/15/2021

Rafat Y. Alwazna works as a professor of translation studies, TESOL, and legal translation at King Abdulaziz University, KSA. He has published several research papers and book chapters, the last of which was published in the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 2020. He currently serves as an international advisor for the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (Springer). He is guest editor of a special issue for the journal mentioned above, which was published in 2016. ORCID: