The Impact of Teaching Methods Applied in Translation Courses on the Translation Proficiency Development of Student Majoring in English Language

Document Type: Original Article


1 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English Language Teaching, North Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of English Language Teaching, North Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


The study was aimed at investigating the effectiveness of methods of teaching Translation Courses (TCs) used by Iranian instructors on English-major students’ translation proficiency development. To this end, 156 homogeneous students were selected as the participants to undergo quantitative and qualitative data collection simultaneously through a convergent parallel mixed methods design. The data were collected using a sample language proficiency test (PET), a translation pre- & posttest, the Waddington TQA Ru- bric, and an interview as the instruments of the study. The quantitative data were analyzed using ANCOVA while the qualitative data were extracted through the procedure of content analysis by pin- pointing and condensing meaning units as well as codifying and sorting the commonalities out of the comments extracted from the responses to the interviews. Finally, the two data banks were reported via SPSS software. It was concluded that the modern methods of teaching TCs had a significant effect on students’ translation proficiency, the results of which were confirmed by the qualitative data analysis of the responses in the interview. The research findings contribute to translation studies via providing guide- lines and solutions for the instructors to apply appropriate methods and deal with the challenging aspects of teaching TCs.


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