Friday, December 11, 2015

Language Immersion Extension to Support Learning a New Language

The Chrome Extension called "Language Immersion for Google Chrome" is a free service that changes a certain number of words on a website, blog, etc to any one of 64 languages Google currently translates.

It's easy to install and has five settings (novice to fluent) to differentiate the difficulty for the learner.

At the novice level, a few phrases in each paragraph appear in the chosen second language. At the fluent level, entire paragraphs are translated. On top of that, the translated phrases are highlighted and toggle on click between English and the translated language. The extension works on any webpage that is not https - generally, any webpage that is not password protected or requires a log-in.

It's a perfect fit in a world languages classroom, but it could also be useful in an ELD classroom. In a beginning French class for example, set the immersion level to "novice." In an ELD class, have the learner set their native language as the one to be translated to, and set the immersion to "fluent."

Here it it in action:

Click the link at the top of this post to install on your chrome browser and if you have any questions, reach out to your friendly ed tech coach!

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