Consider this: You are teaching English to a group of other language speakers despite the fact that you do not speak other language. Present tense is a difficult concept to grasp for members of the group. What are your options?
So far, most of us have done our best to explain things in plain English and to provide numerous examples. There’s nothing wrong with this strategy. As many Other language-speaking English teachers are probably aware, it can be advantageous to quickly explain the concept in other language. The lesson can then be converted back to English. Rather than wasting fifteen minutes trying to explain the present in English perfectly, a one-minute explanation was sufficient. However, what can a teacher do if he or she does not speak other language — or any other language that their students speak? Google Translate comes into play. Google Translate is one of the most powerful free online translation tools available. Google Translate assists in difficult situations and provides lesson plans on how to use Google Translate in the classroom.
What services does Google Translate provide?
Google Translate has four main tool categories:
- Translated search
- Translator Toolkit
- Tools and Resources
Translate and Google Translate – translates search in class are the two first uses of Google Translate that I’ll discuss in this article.
Translation via Google Translate
This is the most common tool. Enter text or a URL, and Google Translate will translate it from English to your target language. Google Translate provides translations in 52 languages, so you should be able to find what you’re looking for. Google Translate translations aren’t perfect, but they’re improving (more on that later).
- Students should write short texts in English and then translate them into their native language. Students can benefit from using Google Translate for translations. Recognize grammatical errors in translations to detect them.
- Use authentic resources, but give students the URL and ask them to translate the original into their target language. This will be beneficial when it comes to difficult Vocabulary. Make certain that students do not use Google Translate until they have read the article in English for the first time.
- Students should begin by writing a few paragraphs in their native language as a form of introduction. If you can, have them translated into English, and then ask them to improve the translation, as well.
- Enter your own short text and Google will translate it into the class’s target language(s). Request that students read the translation and then attempt to write the original English text.
- If all else fails, Google Translate can be used as a bilingual dictionary.
Search engine translation
Google Translate also has a search function that can be translated. This tool is extremely useful for locating accompanying content that allows students to use authentic English materials. Google Translate offers this translated search to find pages written in another language while focusing on the English search term you specified. To put it another way, if we’re working on business presentation styles and using Google Translate’s translated search, I can provide some background materials in or another language.
In-class translation search
- If you’re stuck on a grammar point, look for the grammar term to get explanations in the learner’s native language (s).
- This option should be used to provide context in the learner’s native language (s). This is especially helpful if the students are unfamiliar with the subject. To improve their learning experience, they can become acquainted with some concepts in both their native language and English.
- To find pages on a specific topic, use translated search. Several paragraphs should be cut and pasted. The students should then translate the text into English.
- The translated search feature of Google Translate is ideal for group projects. Students frequently have no ideas or are unsure of where to begin. This is sometimes due to a lack of familiarity with the subject in English. Allow them to begin by using the translated search.