Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number1  March 2021                                    Pp.357-373
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no1.24

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Utilizing Learners’ Linguistic Landscape as a Pedagogical Resource in the Translation
Classroom: A case study in the Sultanate of Oman
 

Ali Algryani
Department of English Language and Literature,
College of Arts and Applied Sciences,
Dhofar University, Salalah, Oman
& Department of English Language and Translation,
School of Languages, The Libyan Academy,Tripoli, Libya
correspondent Author: aalgryani@du.edu.om 

Syerina Syahrin
Department of English Language and Literature,
College of Arts and Applied Sciences,
Dhofar University, Salalah, Oman

Received: 12/30/2020             Accepted: 2/20/202                Published: 3/24/2021

 

Abstract:
The study investigates learners’ awareness of their linguistic landscape (LL) and perspectives on the use of LL as part of classroom teaching and learning. It also examines the course instructor’s pedagogical perspective on the use of LL. The study aims to explore the potential benefits of utilizing bilingual public signage representing translational content to develop translation students’ critical literacy, language awareness, and translation skills through reflecting on the use of LL as a teaching and learning material. The study is significant as it addresses the gap in the literature on the use of LL to promote students’ critical literacy, language awareness, and translation skills in the EFL context of Oman. The samples of the study are 58 participants enrolled in undergraduate translation courses at Dhofar University. The data collection methods used in the study consist of focus group discussions, online surveys, and teacher’s retrospective reflection. The quantitative data were analyzed by IBM SPSS V26, while the qualitative data were analyzed by common themes that emerged from students’ feedback and teacher’s reflection. The findings of the study showed positive outcomes on the use of LL as a teaching and learning resource such as improved language awareness, language proficiency, translation skills, creativity, and critical thinking skills. The implication of the study is to draw attention to the existing quality of the learners’ LL and invite them to actively and responsibly participate in improving the linguistic landscapes of their local communities.
Keywords: EFL, linguistic landscape, public signage, Sultanate of Oman, translation

Cite as: Algryani, A., & Syahrin, S. (2021). Utilizing Learners’ Linguistic Landscape as a Pedagogical Resource in the Translation Classroom:
A case study in the Sultanate of Oman.  Arab World English Journal12 (1) 357-373.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no1.24

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Received: 12/30/2020 
Accepted: 2/20/202   
Published: 3/24/2021   
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Ali Algryani is an assistant professor of Linguistics and Translation Studies at Dhofar University, Oman, and The Libyan Academy, Tripoli, Libya. He received his PhD from Newcastle University School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics. His research interests are comparative syntax, translation studies, sociolinguistics and second and foreign language pedagogy. ORCid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2806-6680

Syerina Syahrin is a faculty member of Dhofar University. She was the recipient of Victoria Award of Excellence, New Zealand, Erasmus+ Mobility, and was a visiting academician in Thailand. Syerina’s research interests include teaching linguistically diverse students, inclusive pedagogy, and internationalization of education. ORCid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9214-759X