A Systematic Review on the Use of Translation in EFL/ESL Contexts


International Conference on Social Sciences – ICOSS Cappadocia, Nevşehir, Turkey, 16 - 20 April 2018, pp.265

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Nevşehir
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.265
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


This study puts forth a systematic review of the literature on the advantages of using
translation in EFL/ESL contexts. In this systematic review study, with the intention of
ensuring exhaustive inclusion of relevant studies in this study, a wide variety of databases including Web of Science (WOS), Scopus, ScienceDirect, EBSCO Academic Search Complete, and Google Scholar databases were searched for the studies published between the years 2008 and 2018. The keywords searched in all the aforementioned databases covered “translation” and “ESL” or “translation” and “EFL” or “translation” and “English foreign language” or “translation” and “English second language.” Additionally, the categories the document type “article,” and the language “English” and “Turkish” were selected as the search parameters. As of February 2018, this search yielded 44 results after the duplicates were removed. The following inclusion criteria were applied: (a) translation as a primary component in the study; (b) the use of translation for educational purposes. In order to measure reliability and calibration of the raters, Cohen’s kappa was employed in this study. As a result of checking inter-rater reliability through the SPSS program package, the Cohen's kappa was found to be 0.81. Several findings emerged in the wake of this systematic review of 44 studies on translation in EFL/ESL contexts. The most reported advantage of translation in EFL/ESL contexts is that regarded as a “fifth skill” with linked activities for language teaching process, translation can be a valuable resource or means which may pave the way for the development of EFL/ESL skills.