HyunJu Yoo- Portfolio
- Translation as a Method of Language Teaching
'"...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
Why learn another language?
Many people learn second languages for many different reasons.
To increase global understanding, to improve employment potential, to increase native language (L1) ability,
to sharpen cognitive and life skills, to improve chances of entry into college, to appreciate international literature, music, and film,
to make travel more feasible and enjoyable, to expand study abroad options, or to make lifelong friends.
As you might notice, those reasons are optional.
However, when it comes to education, learning English as a second language can be essential prerequisite for those who are born in , who immigrate to, or who has (want) to continue their studies in English speaking country, such as USA.
To this context, ESL education has been developed but the translation in language teaching has been treated as a pariah in almost all the fashionable high-profile language teaching theories of the 20th century. 
As a formal Korean linguist and translator, I strongly believe that translation is one of effective ways to teach English.
Through this portfolio, I would like to discuss about What is Translation (Study), Why it is a useful teaching method, and How to integrate translation into curriculum.
I hope everyone can enjoy my lesson plan.
4 Topics that will be covered:
- History of Translation
- History of Translation Studies
- History of ELT Method
- Approaches to Translation
- Linguistic approaches
- Literary or poetic approaches
- Socio-cultural approaches
- How does Translating work?
- Translation Method
- ♦Assessment Items♦
- Vocabulary Translation
- Grammar Translation
- Sentence Translation
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.
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.
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.
My thought on ESL education and Translation method
- Bassnett-Mcguire, S., (1991). Translation Studies. Revised ed. England & USA: Routledge.
- Campbell, S., (1998). Translation into the second language. 1st ed. United States of America: Longman.
- Cook, G., (2010). Translation in Language Teaching. 1st ed. Spain: Oxford University Press.
- The Grammar Translation Method GTM . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO14GvgOXfM. [Last Accessed 9 May 13].