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TRANSLATION IN ELT


Reassessing the bilingual approach


Maurice Claypole


(In preparation)

Translation in ELT                                                              

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Some basic tenets


We cannot banish translation from the ELT classroom for the simple reason that all learners are to some degree translators. Adult students of English learn largely by translating what they read and hear into their own language, regardless of what the teacher does. Apart from absolute beginners, all students are familiar with at least two languages and quickly become accustomed to negotiating meaning between them…


Monolingual methodologies developed for teaching English in the English-speaking world are inadequate and inappropriate in non-English speaking countries…