Improving your expression in and knowledge of English through intensive comparison and contrast with German: that is the main purpose of this course. Translation is a powerful tool for improving your proficiency because it uses your native language – your semantic bedrock that all your explorations in the second language build up from.  Alan Duff: “Translation develops three qualities essential to all language learning: flexibility, accuracy, and clarity.  It trains the learner to search (flexibility) for the most appropriate words (accuracy) to convey what is meant (clarity).”