Translation as a Tool for Teaching English in Saudi EFL Classrooms: Teachers Attitude

Author: Ruba M Alhajeri

Keywords: Saudi, language teaching, learning tool, pedagogical translation, translation


This paper goes in line with the modern movement towards bringing back translation as a teaching aid and investigates the use of translation in learning English as a foreign language (EFL) classrooms. The main focus of this paper is on Saudi EFL instructors’ attitudes towards the use of translation as a teaching aid and explores to what extent do Saudi teachers tend to use translation in the teaching process. This research paper concludes that teachers use translation as a technique to help the student to understand better and assess the students’ overall language learning experience. The findings open the venue for further investigation of this matter in other parts of the Arab world to have a broader picture of the issue in this part of the world.