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A Comprehensive Analysis of Perceptions of Teachers on Challenges of Teaching Translation at Nigerian Universties

Tar, Maryam (2012) A Comprehensive Analysis of Perceptions of Teachers on Challenges of Teaching Translation at Nigerian Universties. In: Current Issues in Translation Studies in Nigeria. Satz und Gestaltung: Wehrhahn Verlag Druck und Bindung: lnprinr, Erlangen, lnprinr, Erlangen. ISBN 978- 3- 86525- 265- 4

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Abstract

The aim of translation teaching is for students to acquire comprehensive abilities in a foreign language and the mother tongue/first language (including listening, speaking, reading and writing) and even a comprehensive understanding. It equips students not only with practical bilingual ability, but also to encourage the attitudes that will allow them to do the best possible translation work after graduation. In this descriptive study, a survey of25 translation teachers from four selected universities in South West Nigeria was carried out with 10 males and 15 females. Their ages range from 24 - 48 years with mean of36 years and standard deviation of 2.18. Four research questions were raised and answered. The findings revealed that the challenges facing translation teaching include linguistic and cultural untranslatability in the source language, contextualized intuition, knowledge, skills, training, cultural background, expertise, as well as the mood of teachers and students. The level of linguistic competence and relationship between previous knowledge and new knowledge of learners are often mitigating or promoting translation teaching. It was recommended that teachers must have a sound linguistic knowledge of both the Source Language (SL) and the Target Language (TL).lt was concluded that neither knowing languages nor being efficiently bilingual is enough to become a translator but students should have access to appropriate tools and strategies to the teaching of translation.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2015 20:18
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2015 20:18
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/3952

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