Translation vs. Glossing

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3 thoughts on “Translation vs. Glossing”

  1. One refinement in what I wrote:

    “A gloss is simply a quick clarification of a term.”
    “Term” is the better choice here because, as in my third example (subdural hematoma), it may consist of more than one word.

    Thanks, Ben.

  2. On a similar theme, I heard about the Dictogloss at the TESOL France conference. The teacher reads a short dictation At Normal Speed and students write down what they remember, then in groups put their notes together and try to come up with the original text. At upper levels, 3 + 4, this might be an interesting exercise. With students willing to stay in the target language, it would involve listening, writing, speaking and reading.

  3. I’ve been doing this without even realizing! When I read aloud in Spanish, I often find direct translation to be tedious (choral especially, but individually as well), so I make sure that I get clarification on just a word or two, knowing that my students understand most of the text.

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