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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Online Translation



I was an ESL teacher for four years. ESL means English as a Second Language. I teach non-english speakers how to speak and read the language. The fact that this was simultaneously done with teaching the subjects, makes it twice as hard for the students and much more difficult for me! It was therefore advisable that  parents extend support with at least the basic academics like Math and Science. Little things like follow up on homework and school activities work better when parents get involved. The only problem sometimes are the parents who cannot understand, how much more, speak english.


I use to ask the help of our attendance clerk and our custodian to translate some memos and little notes for the parents from me. The thing is, it is not always accurate. Well, beggars can't be choosers, so I did just that. It was bothersome for both parties, because the people who translate for me have work too. It was also a hassle for me because, I need to write the notes early so the translator can take their time with the letter/ document.


Two years ago, our district dropped the ESL program and replaced it with a new research-based program. I was moved out of ESL and into regular Kindergarten set-up. The school hired new Bilingual teachers who can speak both english and the primary language of their students. One of my bilingual co-teachers told me that even they themselves do not just translate important documents. They rely on online translation for good quality translation. Whew, so it's so much easier now -wow- and best of all, accurate! I tried the online translation and wow, it's really user-friendly!  I wish I knew about this some six years ago.



3 comments:

SquirrelQueen said...

I love the online translators, I use the free one for my purposes. I'm trying to learn Spanish and it helps if I can translate a phrase quickly.

George said...

I taught ESL in China on four separate occasions. I could have used an online translator a time or two, but those things weren't available when I was there. I'm glad to hear that you have found them to be very accurate.

RNSANE said...

It's unbelievable, isn't it, to have this type of service available? What a blessing, especially in areas where regular translators are unavailable.

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