Webinar – Translating Google Translate: Instructional Strategies for Machine Translation in the Language Classroom

When: September 29, 2021 10:00am to 11:30am
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A free webinar presented by Emily Hellmich (University of Arizona) and Kimberly Vinall (DeAnza College).

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 10-11:30 a.m. (the event begins at 10 a.m. PT/ 1 p.m. ET).

Google Translate and other machine translation platforms can be a source of strife and confusion in language learning classrooms. Many instructors wonder if and how to handle these platforms with their students. This webinar presents a series of instructional strategies for how to approach machine translation platforms in the language classroom. These strategies come from findings of a research study that used screen recording and retrospective interviews to observe how foreign language learners (French, Spanish, Mandarin) actually use machine translation platforms while completing a writing task. In the webinar, we present key findings from the study and explore the implications they have for instructional practices.

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Broadly describe how students actually use machine translation.
  • Identify a range of instructional strategies in three areas (training, assignment creation, policies).
  • Reflect on how to integrate take-ways from the webinar into their own teaching/learning contexts.

Participants attending can request a certificate of attendance for 1.5 hours of Continuing Education during the live event; or they can request a digital badge after the event.

Participants requiring closed captions should request this at least a week in advance by emailing CERCLL at cercll@email.arizona.edu.

Audience: All
Audience size: Large (101-500)
Price: FREE


Campus: Virtual


United States

Contact info & links


Kate Mackay Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL)

Requests for disability-related accommodations should be directed to the event's primary contact: Kate Mackay