You can say that again!

Here is a defence of translation in language teaching:

I certainly think translation has a role to play in the classroom. I think as teachers we would benefit from considering the whole issue of translation and comparing languages in more dept if we are in a context where we teach students who speak the same first language.

 I have learned some fascinating things recently having read some books on translating Spanish-English. One of the points that struck me most was the difference there is in writing in Spanish and in English and how being aware of this can help us, as teachers, teach writing in English, particularly for exams, to our students.


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