Meaning of grammar-translation method

gram'mar-trans•la'tion meth"od

Pronunciation: (gram'ur-trans-lā'shun, -tranz-), [key]
  1. a traditional technique of foreign-language teaching based on explicit instruction in the grammatical analysis of the target language and translation of sentences from the native language into the target language and vice versa.
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