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Understanding Digital Translators and Their Value in the World Language Classroom
Mar 18, 2019

By Julie Sykes, CASLS Director

The use of machine translation, most prominently Google Translate, in the world language classroom has received a great deal of attention. Some fervently support the need to prohibit the use of digital translators, citing instances of writing where learners enter a text in one box and turn in whatever the machine spits out on the other.  However, others have explored the ways in which translation, and more specifically, digital t...Read more

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