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Translation as a Method of Language Teaching

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"...students do. and always will, translate into their LI, no matter how often we exhort them not to"
- Atkinson (in Harbord. 1992)


Intent of Project

This lesson plan will show ESL educators What is Translation (Study), Why it is a useful teaching method, and How to integrate translation into curriculum.

Topics that will be covered:

Unit 1: What is Translation?

  • Definition
  • History of Translation
  • History of Translation Studies
  • History of ELT Method

Unit 2: Why, Translation method is important in language learning?

  • Approaches to Translation

Unit 3: What is the advantage of using translation as a teaching resource?

  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages

Unit 4: How does translating work, and how can integrate it into language learning instruction?

  • Translation Method
  • Techniques
♦Assessment Items♦
  1. Vocabulary Translation
  2. Grammar Translation
  3. Sentence Translation

TR 5.jpg Fun Fact! - Common Myths About ESL and Second Language Acquisition

Needs Assessment

Instructional Problem:

There are some arguments against using translation teaching in class room. However, unlike these opinions, the translation can be an effective teaching method. Surely, it should be well organized, prepared, and assessed. We will see how to apply this teaching method to the actual language learning.

The Nature of What is to Learned:

Students will learn the process of the translation from L1 to L2 and L2 to L1 and reflect how to learn language using the translation.

About the Learners:

Participants are English language learners from middle school to high school. Based on the context, it can be used for the college students who are ELLs and for those who like to learn languages using the translation.

Instructional Content:

This mini-course will give an overview of the benefits of the translation as language teaching method. In addition, , students will be able to learn English language (L2) and their first language (L1) in light of reading comprehension, grammar, and editing skill. Moreover, students will learn how to use this learning method in their self-study.

Instructional Objectives

The Participants will be able to

  • Describe the importance of translation studies in historical context.
  • Identify the benefits of using translation in language teaching.
  • Demonstrate the workflow process of the translating.
  • Integrate the translation into the language learning and assessment.

Curriculum Map


  1. Bassnett-Mcguire, S., (1991). Translation Studies. Revised ed. England & USA: Routledge.
  2. Campbell, S., (1998). Translation into the second language. 1st ed. United States of America: Longman.
  3. Cook, G., (2010). Translation in Language Teaching. 1st ed. Spain: Oxford University Press.