A Study on EFL Learners’ Belief about Translation as a Learning Strategy in Indonesia

  • Gede Eka Putrawan University of Lampung
  • I Wayan Mustika University of Lampung
  • Bambang Riadi University of Lampung
Keywords: EFL, translation, learner's belief, learning strategies


Although it sounds controversial, the practice of foreign language learning tends to consist of the use of translation. Therefore, the main aims of this study are to investigate EFL learners’ belief about translation, the use of translation as their EFL learning strategy, and to find out the correlation between their belief about translation and the use of translation as their EFL learning strategy. This study was conducted through a quantitative approach in which the data were collected by using two kinds of questionnaires. Based on the findings, Indonesian EFL learners believe that translation helps them acquire English skills and other English language aspects. They use translation as their language learning strategy for learning EFL skills and aspects such as speaking, reading, writing, listening, vocabulary, grammar, and idioms and phrases. This study also reveals that there is a correlation between EFL learners’ belief about translation and their use of translation as an EFL learning strategy.


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Author Biographies

Gede Eka Putrawan, University of Lampung
Gede Eka Putrawan is a lecturer in the Department of Language and Arts Education at the University of Lampung, Indonesia. His research interests include translation and translation studies, translation in EFL teaching and learning, translation as a learning strategy, and language maintenance. He can be reached via e-mail at gputrawan08@gmail.com and/or gputrawan08@fkip.unila.ac.id.
I Wayan Mustika, University of Lampung

I Wayan Mustika is a senior lecturer in the Department of Language and Arts Education at the University of Lampung, Indonesia. He holds a doctorate degree in performing arts studies from Gadjah Mada University. His areas of interest include performing arts and cultural studies. He can be reached via e-mail at wayanmustika75@yahoo.com.

Bambang Riadi, University of Lampung
Bambang Riadi is a lecturer in the Department of Language and Arts Education at the University of Lampung, Indonesia. His research interests include technology and media in language teaching and learning, Indonesian language in foreign language learning, and sociolinguistics. He would love to hear from you via e-mail at bambangriadi.br@gmail.com.


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