Google Translate – a tool for cheating or a tool for learning?

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Facilitator: Dr. Daniela Roth (St. Mary’s University and Dalhousie University) and Kyle Scholz (Centre for Teaching Excellence)
Location: Online


Online translation devices such as Google Translate (GT) are an annoyance in the second language classroom. Students often rely heavily on GT in class or when completing homework assignments, rather than, for example, putting in the time required to learn vocabulary. Although many language instructors explicitly ban GT from their courses, students continue using it. The truth is, GT will not go away, and its functionality will only improve.

Given our new remote teaching reality, now is a good time to shift our attitude towards Google Translate. How can we turn a tool used for cheating into a teachable moment where students make use of online translation services and dictionaries to raise their language awareness, to foster their intercultural competence and learner autonomy, and improve their electronic literacy and critical thinking skills? 

Based on current research, this webinar will discuss the benefits of integrating online translation devices in second language courses and offer examples on how they can develop the above-mentioned skills.  

Dr. Daniela Roth teaches German as a second language at St. Mary’s University and Dalhousie University (Halifax) and at the Canadian Summer School in Germany (Kassel).


Registration is NOT required. This session will occur on WebEx training. 

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Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Session number: 160 820 6751
Session password: spring2020