The Use of Translation in the Language Classroom to Scaffold Learning
Keywords:Translation, L1, L2, Language Acquisition, Language Proficiency
Although the use of translation has been considered detrimental in language learning owing to its interference with second language acquisition, from the first decade of 21st century onwards it has been widely favored to scaffold learning. The use of translation in the language classroom constitutes a base for understanding the second language. Particularly, due to its facilitative role in the learning process, translation can be incorporated into other activities for the improvement of target language. In addition, the cautious attitude towards the use of translation in activities makes the learning meaningful and encourages learners to become active participants, also it allows learners to compare L1 and L2 so that they can decode difficult L2 structures and elements. This paper aims to explore the effectiveness of translation in the language classroom.
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