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Tech Task #2 Part 2

on May 15, 2013

Google Translator

Google Translate is a free statistical multilingual machine-translation service to translate written text from one language into another. There are more than 60 languages  available. This proves to be one of the excellent tool  for the students who are new in Canada and are not able to speak or write English properly. Its helpful for teachers as they can understand the child’s language and try to give the instructions in his first language. Also parents can understand the instructions given in school and help the child in his studies. What you have to do is just type in ” google translator”   and write the word in the left column in English and then select the language in which it is to be translated  in other  column and you will get the word in selected language. Try this, its the one of most interesting ways to make  the newcomers feel comfortable in the class.

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2 responses to “Tech Task #2 Part 2

  1. reneeclemens says:

    Hi Nidhi! I like your choice of topic here. I think this tool could be very useful in the context of an EAL class or when students who have limited language knowledge need to communicate something quickly and easily. However, I must critique the program because, in my experience, it is a very frustrating one to use when trying to teach a second language to students.
    I have students who use Google Translate all the time to translate words and even full sentences when they get hung up on how to say something. What is frustrating is that the program has a very limited vocabulary itself and will often select words that are out of context or absolutely random. I can pick out when students use the program right away because it often reads very unnaturally and will be full of mistakes.
    What I am trying to teach my students is how to use other online language tools such as wordreference.com and other excellent sites that will actually translate a word while giving its multiple forms/uses and explain its contexts with example sentences. Perhaps this is something that could also be of use in EAL classes, I’m not sure.
    Again, thanks for your reflection on this tool and I appreciate being able to comment to share my experience!

    Have a great day!

  2. nidhi0113 says:

    Thanks for liking my post. Its true that this tool is very helpful for EAL students.I have many friends who are finding difficulty in helping their children in their studies as they are new in Canada and by using this tool they are feeling great.

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