Developing Bilingualism Through Translation: The Case Study of Tatar Language

Document Type : Research Article


1 Department of Linguistic and Intercultural Communication, Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication, Kazan Federal University

2 Linguistic Center, Machala Technical University, Ecuador



This article investigates the issues of teaching a foreign language in a bilingual environment. To be specific, we explore the role of translation in second language acquisition. The article focuses on the instruction, prerequisites, and didactic perspectives of using the mother tongue in developing bilingualism, particularly at the initial stage of the development of the communicative skills. Despite different approaches to using the mother tongue that exist in foreign language teaching, translation remains an unavoidable phenomenon in language acquisition. The article explores the problems of language learning and how to overcome these problems in a bilingual environment. Based on the psychological and methodological research in speech production, the article concludes that in the case of sequential bilingualism, the mother tongue facilitates the learner's search for verbal means of the target language to express ideas meaningful to the individual.