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Exploring Translation in Language Learning


Malgorzata Smentek

This book explores the functions and potential of translation in language learning. It demonstrates that despite its changing fortunes in the history of foreign language teaching, translation has a prominent part to play both in the L2 classroom and beyond. As a cognitive process and a quintessential communicative activity, it not only boosts the learner’s bilingual and bicultural competence, but also promotes and accelerates the development of the skill of translation. Considering its diverse educational assets as well as the results of a research survey presented in this book, the author argues that translation practice should become an integral element of contemporary foreign language education.

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A number of people have helped me in various ways in the process of this study. First and foremost, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Professor Danuta Stanulewicz, the Editor of Gdańsk Studies in Language, for her invaluable guidance, assistance, encouragement and personal involvement throughout the entire course of this research project. I am also very grateful to Tadeusz Z. Wolański for proofreading the final manuscript. My special thanks are also due to all the respondents who kindly agreed to participate in the research survey described in this study.

On a more personal note, my most sincere gratitude goes to Anna Smentek, without whose unfailing support and sacrifice this work would never have been possible in the first place. Finally, I wish to express my warmest thanks to Nina, Maksymilian and Piotr Lewandowski for their continuous inspiration, patience and remarkable ability to put things into the right perspective.

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