Have trouble with your students using online translators or dictionaries when it's not appropriate? I've created this assignment for Spanish 1+ students in hopes of making it clear when it's OK and not OK, and also to teach them HOW to use the dictionaries effectively.
The activity uses independent and group work, books and online dictionaries/translators, and a variety of levels of thinking. It is 8 pages long, and I provide the .docx so you can edit it to your liking.
Here are the sections in the assignment:
B. Learning targets
C. What do you already know? Focus on parts of speech and words with multiple meanings. Students work independently to show you what they know, then with a group to fill in the gaps.
D. Research - Focus on dictionary symbols, order of the Spanish alphabet, and how to look up conjugated verbs. Students must use a dictionary and wordreference.com to figure this out.
E. Test it! Students are given words with multiple meaning and asked to use a comprehensive dictionary to find the correct meanings, using the parts of speech symbols. Then they are asked to plug in the same words to an online translator. Finally, students must plug in given sentences to an online translator and evaluate the results (with some hints). They also will answer questions about what the policies are in their class/school for plagiarism/translators/dictionaries. There are nine debriefing questions about when to use the dictionaries and translators.
F. Evaluation - Students jig-saw resources (they become an expert at one resource, then form mixed groups to share). They evaluate the resource for usefulness. Then in their group they read some scenarios and decide what is best for the student to do. Finally, the knock their heads together and pretend they are a World Language department trying to come up with policies, and eventually share with the entire class.
G. Students fill out a self-evaluation to see if they met the learning targets.
**This assignment is typed in English, with Spanish section titles (with translations), and asks students to find Spanish words. However, it could EASILY BE UPDATED TO FIT ANOTHER LANGUAGE, and would just need a few adjustments and checks on Google Translator to make sure it translates wrong on some of the samples.
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