Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Can Google Translate Be Used in the Classroom?


Google Translate is a free automatic language translator. It works without the intervention of human translators, using state-of-the-art technology instead. Google Translate currently supports translation for 57 languages. You can use Google Translate to translate words and phrases in the web-based interface but also translate entire documents or web pages.

Keep in mind that this tool (or any like it) is not designed to replace formal classroom learning or promote student laziness with foreign language homework assignments. If used for insights and special projects across subject matters, then it can be a welcomed tool in the classroom (and outside of it).

Personally, I have used Google Translate when reading and sharing on technology-based message boards that have posts written in non-English. In the process of copying and pasting texts, I noticed my choice of English words and phrases affect the translation and meaning. Observing this has increased my awareness on the matter and encouraged me to think about word selection more carefully. From a 21st century skill stand point, I think this is important as more adult workers need tools and language skills to communicate with clients spread over the globe.

What are your thoughts or ideas?

Web Link to Google Translate: http://translate.google.com/

Download PDF of a Crib Sheet for Classroom Use:
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B2iTca63pmHmeW0xZVFfeFhfV1E

What to learn more about how Google Translate works?:
http://translate.google.com/about/intl/en_ALL/


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