Year 2018, Volume 7 , Issue 4, Pages 175 - 188 2018-12-31

EFL Learners’ Use of Translation as a Learning Strategy

Gülten GENÇ [1] , Emine KULUŞAKLI [2] , Emrah BOYNUKARA [3]


It is generally known that language learners use some strategies to learn a new language. Cognitive strategies as one of language learning strategies are mostly used by learners who study a foreign language to improve their skills. As one of the cognitive strategies, translation is used in learning a language by foreign language learners. Although some teachers and researchers present negative attitudes towards the use of this strategy in teaching a language, some put emphasis on the necessity and the role of translation in the development of learning.  In order to understand whether learners use translation as a learning strategy in learning English, this study investigated 159 students’ opinions about the use of it.  The participants were attending at a preparatory class in a state university and their ages ranged between 18 and 34. The questionnaire was comprised of some information concerning the students’ gender and education background and translation strategy use. The findings of the data were statistically analyzed and necessary pedagogical implications were given.

Translation, learning strategy, learning English
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Primary Language en
Journal Section Research Article

Author: Gülten GENÇ
Country: Turkey

Author: Emine KULUŞAKLI (Primary Author)
Country: Turkey

Author: Emrah BOYNUKARA


Application Date : December 4, 2018
Acceptance Date : December 28, 2018
Publication Date : December 31, 2018

APA Genç, G , Kuluşaklı, E , Boynukara, E . (2018). EFL Learners’ Use of Translation as a Learning Strategy . ELT Research Journal , 7 (4) , 175-188 . Retrieved from