Teacher Review for Google Translate

Handy tool for connecting with non-English speakers

Chris C.
Technology coordinator
Heathcote School
Scarsdale, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with ELL
How I Use It
I've used Google Translate in 2 main ways: 1) to search simple words and phrases so I can better communicate with students who don't speak English. 2) to show students with limited English skills the differences & difficulties in translating one language to another (has helped students when they point our errors in Google's translations, gives them a boost of confidence that they can "correct Google"). The "voice" option is great too (not available for all languages) to help students who have limited reading skills in either their native language or English.
My Take
While Google Translate may not be wholly accurate (and at times very inaccurate) it is a great resource to have to help connect with non-English speakers. When a child feels isolated due to a language barrier a simple conversation based on Google Translate can be a great way to bring them out of their shell, especially if the translation is bad and elicits a chuckle.