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L’éléphant dans la salle / la pièce / le salon? Student use of Google Translate for L2 assignments: student and staff attitudes, and implications for university policy.

Organ, Alison ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6028-5341 (2019) L’éléphant dans la salle / la pièce / le salon? Student use of Google Translate for L2 assignments: student and staff attitudes, and implications for university policy. In: Translation Technology in Education – Facilitator or Risk?, 05/07/2019, University of Nottingham. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Paper presented at Translation Technology in Education – Facilitator or Risk? 5 July 2019, University of Nottingham.
This paper presents the findings of a research project into student and staff attitudes to the use of Free Online Machine Translation (FOMT) tools in HE language learning, with a particular focus on its use in written assignments. This work builds on the research of Somers et al (2006), Niño (2008 and 2009), Bower (2010), Clifford et al (2013), Groves & Mundt (2015), and Farzi (2016), and is a partial replication study of Jolley & Maimone (2015).
Online questionnaires were distributed via contacts throughout the UK in 2018, resulting in usable responses from 80 students and 36 instructors. Results show that a high percentage of these students habitually use FOMT not only for formative work and translation assignments but also for submitted written assignments, mainly in order to ‘verify hunches’ for words or phrases, but in some cases for help with whole sentences. In their comments, while expressing some reservations, students feel that these are tools used in the real world which can aid language learning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
School/Department: School of Languages & Linguistics
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4144

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