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A Study on the Effectiveness of Using a Class Blog in Translator Training

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1국민대학교

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ABSTRACT

Class blogs are increasingly being used in writing courses, providing teachers with an efficient way to organize lessons and communicate with students, and also assisting students by providing easier access to class information and encouraging more active participation. Since translation is a type of writing, it would seem that many of the advantages of using a class blog should translate well into translation courses. As a preliminary experiment, therefore, class blogs were introduced to three translation classes at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Spring 2011. This paper presents the various factors that were considered in the decision to use class blogs, the process of their implementation, and the results for the teacher and the students. In particular, a quantitative analysis was carried out to examine whether the class blog motivated students to read more translations done by their classmates, and a student survey was taken at the end of the term partly for this purpose. The analysis shows that students in classes using a class blog read significantly more translations done by their classmates. Other aspects of the class blog were also examined, such as its positive pressure on students to improve the quality of their translations and with what level of blog readership the students were comfortable. This paper’s research results are mainly positive, and it is hoped that they will serve as a catalyst for other teachers of translation to start using class blogs in their classes.

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