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1 Online translation tools Effective use and alternatives

2 By the end of todays lesson… You will have a greater understanding of the problems of using online translation tools You will know some alternative ways of finding out what you need to know when you are doing your homework

3 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Original lyrics available

4 Ro - rowing, rowing - ro, ro - rowing, rowing - ro, ro - rowing Read the song lyrics. Version on left = original Version on right =Translated from English to Spanish to English

5 How do we know when you have used online translation tools? It must be because your French/Spanish or German is so good, mustnt it? Discuss!

6 Bad English! Next weekend I am going to go to reading. Próximo fin de semana voy a ir a leer. Week-end prochain, je vais aller à la lecture. Nächstes Wochenende werde ich zum Lesen gehen bin.

7 Bad English again – spelling mistakes! I like reading because it's an enjyable experience. Me gusta leer porque es una experiencia enjyable. J'aime lire parce que c'est une expérience enjyable. Ich mag lesen, weil es eine Erfahrung ist enjyable.

8 Grammar that you havent learnt yet Bien qu'il soit intéressant... Cuando sea mayor...

9 Context, register and tone are all lost Each word is translated based on algorithms that work out how frequently words are used together and the translation tool picks what it thinks is the best option

10 Fans on the ceiling

11 Short film (beware of some bad language)

12 Is it ever OK to use an online translator? Discuss!

13 Use as a dictionary (remembering lack of context) When you have completed your work in French, German or Spanish you can see what it looks like when translated back into English (taking the results with a pinch of salt)

14 Alternatives Discuss!

15 Fan Remember to use your notes from our lessons. You should be using the structures that we have practised together.

16 But the dictionary doesnt help with tenses, does it? It just gives me infinitives. Discuss!

17 Verb conjugator

18 By the end of todays lesson… You will have a greater understanding of the problems of using online translation tools You will know some alternative ways of finding out what you need to know when you are doing your homework

19 Discuss… 1)Some disadvantages of online translation tools 2)Some alternatives to online translation tools 3)If you think that it is ever OK to use online translation tools 4)If you learn more from using your class notes and a dictionary or from typing your text in English into an online translation tool 5)Its 8pm on a Sunday and your language homework (an essay) is due at 9am tomorrow and you have not started it yet. What do you do?


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