The article presents a progress report on research into using translation as an effective teaching method in a foreign/second language class. The report includes a) research into the use of translation in the past; b) first approach: adaptation of approaches used in translation courses; c) feedback from the trial; and d) further in- vestigation into using translation as a second language teaching methodology. A student survey about the initial application of translation found their range of expectations for the subject and revealed diversity in their first and second language abilities. The students' work showed the common errors they would make even after consulting dictionaries and 'translation aids'. As a result, 'translation' could be understood from a wider perspective. Finally, possible further development of the act of translating as a teaching methodology in the advanced level second/foreign language class is discussed.