Google Translate and plagiarism in university language formative assessment work

Winch, Junko (2018) Google Translate and plagiarism in university language formative assessment work. In: Google Translate & Modern Languages Education, 29 June 2018, University of Nottingham.

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Google Translate (GT) is a free and accessible on-line translation tool to anyone including students who study languages. However, GT has been also affecting language assessment and language teaching education such as cheating and plagiarism. This study is focused on the coursework writings of three students who have studied Japanese for one year with no basic understanding or knowledge of the Japanese language. The data examined the types of academic offences students committed using GT. The results showed that the three students who were suspected committing plagiarism show several academic infractions in spite of teacher’s warning on plagiarism. The implications of this study are directed at institutions, teachers and students. Institutions should review the information gap between the website written for students and the university’s official website on plagiarism. Institutions may also need to mention GT specifically in the plagiarism documentation. Institutions may also consider adopting an additional coversheet system to use as student’s evidence of plagiarism. For teachers, they also start preparing themselves for students’ evidence of plagiarism. Teachers should learn about the institution specific regulations regarding plagiarism and impart them to the students. Furthermore, teachers should also inform students whether they should focus on either accuracy or creativity so that students can focus on what they need to work on in their formative or summative assessment. For implications to students, students should be responsible of their own learning and their action which they take (i.e. if they decided to plagiarise or not) and face the consequences of their action.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Schools and Departments: School of English > Sussex Centre for Language Studies
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Junko Winch
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2018 08:05
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2018 08:05

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