Theoretical considerations for developing intercultural sensitivity through translation activities: beyond the monolingual premise in foreign language education

Hadrian Lankiewicz , Emilia Wąsikiewicz-Firlej


The article presents theoretical considerations pertaining to the use of translation in foreign language teaching and argues for the reinstatement of translation activities in language teaching to contribute to the development of intercultural sensitivity among language users. The authors build upon criticalecological reflections in language education. They posit that a globalized world requires a departure from the monolingual language teaching paradigm, particularly in multicultural and multilingual contexts such as, for example, a united Europe. The argument touches upon the issues of neoliberal skills training, intercultural education, language pedagogy (glottodidactics), language acquisition and translation theories as well as observations of the practicalities imposed on L2 users by the postmodern reality and market forces. The authors present the incorporation of translation practices into foreign language teaching as a means of enhancing intercultural sensitivity and a way of fighting linguistic and cultural colonization. The ultimate goal – the new “paradigm shift” (Butzkamm and Caldwell, 2009) – is to contribute to social justice via foreign language education.
Author Hadrian Lankiewicz (FL / IALT)
Hadrian Lankiewicz,,
- Institute of Applied Linguistics and Translatology
, Emilia Wąsikiewicz-Firlej
Emilia Wąsikiewicz-Firlej,,
Journal seriesNeofilolog, ISSN 1429-2173, (N/A 20 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets1
Keywords in Polishtłumaczenie, nauczanie języka obcego, sprawności językowe, wrażliwość interkulturowa
Keywords in Englishtranslation, foreign language education, language skills, intercultural sensitivity
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa - Bez Utworów Zależnych (CC-BY-ND); with publication
Score (nominal)20
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ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 17-11-2019, ArticleFromJournal
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