'Night was departing ...': using translations in post-beginners' language teaching

Robson, James (2004). 'Night was departing ...': using translations in post-beginners' language teaching. In: Fitzpatrick, David ed. Different lights, different hands: working with translations in classics and ancient history at university. Milton Keynes, UK: The Open University, pp. 85–100.


This paper looks at the way in which published translations are used in the context of the Open University course, Continuing Classical Greek, to enhance students' study of the language, to allow students to make connections across the curriculum and to reinforce the relevance of language acquisition to their studies as a whole. Working with translations in different ways - using parallel texts, comparing translations, considering translation theory - not only allows students more efficiently to use their language skills across their studies but also encourages them to engage with the Greek texts themselves at a deeper level.

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