The Computer as a Tool in the Teaching of Translation


  • Judith P. Aikin

    1. University of Iowa
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      Judith P. Aikin (Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley) is Associate Professor of German at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.


ABSTRECT Teaching students the skills necessary to translate from one language to another, a tedious process for both students and instructor when restricted to conventional teaching techniques, can become a dynamic learning situation with the help of the computer. In the system described here, the students use a word processor to record their translations of a passage, and the instructor, using a simple computer program, manipulates these translations in order to produce a translation sampler which becomes the basis of class discussion. Each student then edits his or her own translation on the basis of discussion and submits for grading a final draft which reflects the insights gained rather than the initial mistakes.