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Translation as a pedagogical tool in the language classroom: A qualitative study of attitudes and behaviours

Kelly, Niamh orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-1641-5676 and Bruen, Jennifer orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-9279-2978 (2014) Translation as a pedagogical tool in the language classroom: A qualitative study of attitudes and behaviours. Language Teaching Research, 19 (2). ISSN 1477-0954

A review of the literature on language teaching reveals predominantly negative attitudes towards the use of translation in language teaching (TILT) (Cook, 2010). The purpose of this paper is to explore the question of whether this negativity is reflected in the attitudes and behaviours of university lecturers engaged in language teaching as well as to consider the background and contextual factors associated with these attitudes and behaviours. A case-study of one Irish Higher Education Institution was conducted and qualitative interviews carried out with six lecturers in Japanese and six in German in conjunction with a review of the relevant documentation including course outlines and module descriptors. The results indicated widespread support on the ground for the use of TILT in some form suggesting a need for further research on the impact of the use of TILT on the language learning process.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Subjects:Humanities > German language
Humanities > Language
Humanities > Japanese language
Humanities > Linguistics
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
Publisher:Arnold Publishers
Official URL:http://ltr.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/07/15/13...
Copyright Information:© 2014 Sage
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:20063
Deposited On:26 Mar 2015 13:57 by Jennifer Bruen . Last Modified 13 Jul 2022 14:46

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