Translation & language teaching and learning

Elena S. Xeni, University of Cyprus, Cyprus


Translation as a teaching method had been for a number of years in the core of language education. Being ‘a must’ methodology in the eighteen and nineteenth century, in the context of Greek and Latin teaching and learning, translation became the principle method in effectively teaching and learning modern languages. For a number of years the Grammar Translation Method played a crucial part in second and foreign language contexts, with certain activities forming teaching and learning best practices at a time. This contribution will attempt to thoroughly explore translation as a teaching tradition of the past and examine its role nowadays, under the prism of reviving translation as an effective method and as a literacy practice in the teaching and learning of languages.

Key words: translating, translation theory, teaching translating