Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-28000
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Tackling the elephant in the language classroom : introducing machine translation literacy in a Swiss language centre
Authors: Cotelli Kureth, Sara
Summers, Elana
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1515/cercles-2023-2015
10.21256/zhaw-28000
Published in: Language Learning in Higher Education
Volume(Issue): 13
Issue: 1
Page(s): 213
Pages to: 230
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher / Ed. Institution: De Gruyter
ISSN: 2191-611X
2191-6128
Language: English
Subjects: Machine translation literacy; Foreign language education; Digital literacy; L2; Neural machine translation
Subject (DDC): 410.285: Computational linguistics
418.02: Translating and interpreting
Abstract: University students, especially language learners, have increasingly been using machine translation (MT) systems in the last decade and for all kinds of texts, including homework, assignments and exams. This ubiquity does not translate into visibility as few teachers address the subject in class. Several researchers have shown that MT systems, while technically very easy to access and use, are not always employed in a critical manner. They have therefore suggested that users should develop MT literacy skills. As part of a larger Swiss project on digital literacy in university contexts (DigLit), an action research project at the University of Neuch√Ętel Language Centre (UniNE LC) seeks to investigate whether delivering a 20-min presentation about machine translation in all L2 classes (French, German, English) at the beginning of the semester was sufficient to foster minimal MT literacy in language learners. All LC students were surveyed at the end of the semester. These survey results were compared with those from a survey of Swiss university students carried out in spring 2021 as part of the DigLit project. These results have allowed us to monitor and enhance the teaching of MT literacy skills in our LC.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/28000
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: Applied Linguistics
Organisational Unit: Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IUED)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Digital Literacy im Hochschulkontext (DigLit)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Angewandte Linguistik

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Cotelli Kureth, S., & Summers, E. (2023). Tackling the elephant in the language classroom : introducing machine translation literacy in a Swiss language centre. Language Learning in Higher Education, 13(1), 213–230. https://doi.org/10.1515/cercles-2023-2015
Cotelli Kureth, S. and Summers, E. (2023) ‘Tackling the elephant in the language classroom : introducing machine translation literacy in a Swiss language centre’, Language Learning in Higher Education, 13(1), pp. 213–230. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1515/cercles-2023-2015.
S. Cotelli Kureth and E. Summers, “Tackling the elephant in the language classroom : introducing machine translation literacy in a Swiss language centre,” Language Learning in Higher Education, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 213–230, 2023, doi: 10.1515/cercles-2023-2015.
COTELLI KURETH, Sara und Elana SUMMERS, 2023. Tackling the elephant in the language classroom : introducing machine translation literacy in a Swiss language centre. Language Learning in Higher Education. 2023. Bd. 13, Nr. 1, S. 213–230. DOI 10.1515/cercles-2023-2015
Cotelli Kureth, Sara, and Elana Summers. 2023. “Tackling the Elephant in the Language Classroom : Introducing Machine Translation Literacy in a Swiss Language Centre.” Language Learning in Higher Education 13 (1): 213–30. https://doi.org/10.1515/cercles-2023-2015.
Cotelli Kureth, Sara, and Elana Summers. “Tackling the Elephant in the Language Classroom : Introducing Machine Translation Literacy in a Swiss Language Centre.” Language Learning in Higher Education, vol. 13, no. 1, 2023, pp. 213–30, https://doi.org/10.1515/cercles-2023-2015.


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