ALTA45 Panel: Teaching Translation Beyond the Traditional Classroom
Collectively, we have taught translation in community writing centers, adult learning centers, retirement centers, creative writing festivals, and online literary magazine workshops. Teaching translation beyond the conventional classroom reaches communities where creative writing is valued, but where practices may not include translation. Such teaching can help overcome barriers of access for non-academic learners, celebrate linguistic and cultural diversity, and create community. In short, literary translation can itself be a powerful community literacy practice. We will begin with very brief reports on our teaching experiences, using an extensive handout to share details but save time. We will then invite audience members to share their own experiences and ideas.