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Translation in Second Language Learning and Teaching

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Edited By Arnd Witte, Theo Harden and Alessandra Ramos de Oliveira Harden

The articles in this volume are the proceedings of a conference on ‘Translation in Second Language Teaching and Learning’ that took place at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, in March 2008. The papers delivered at the conference, the subsequent discussions in Maynooth and the articles in this volume have clearly demonstrated that, after some decades of marginalising or even excluding translation from second/foreign language methodologies and classroom practices, the time is ripe for a re-evaluation of the benefits translation can bring to the process of learning a second language and its cultural context. Translation exercises are interpreted as processes of negotiation, as constitutive acts for identities and (inter-)actions, based on increasingly emerging ‘third spaces’ between the dominant conceptualisations, values, norms, beliefs, rules, traditions and discourses of the languages and cultures involved. The enterprise of translating between languages, cultures, individuals, societies and discourses thus assumes a central place of relevance for anyone involved in the complex project of interculturality, including, and foremost, foreign language learners.
The Editors: Arnd Witte is Senior Lecturer in German and Head of Department at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland. He has published widely in the area of second language acquisition, particularly German as a Foreign Language. His specific research area is the acquisition of intercultural competence.
Theo Harden is Professor of Linguistics and Second Language Studies at University College Dublin, Ireland. He has published widely in the area of second language acquisition, particularly German as a Second Language. His research area is the acquisition of conceptual metaphors in a second language.
Alessandra Ramos de Oliveira Harden is Lecturer in Translation Studies at the Universidade de Brasília, Brazil, and doctoral student at University College Dublin, Ireland. She has published widely in the area of legal translation. Her research area is the history of translation in Brazil.