The Effect of Machine Translation on Translation Classes at theTertiary Level

Çakır İ. , Bayhan S.

Journal of Narrative and Language Studies, vol.9, no.16, pp.122-136, 2021 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 16
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Title of Journal : Journal of Narrative and Language Studies
  • Page Numbers: pp.122-136


Machine translation (MT) has rapidly become an essential tool for almost all students at all levels all around the world to assist their translation tasks. The present study investigated the role of MT in translation classes as a facilitating tool at the tertiary level and presented some possible challenges that the participants faced during the implementationprocess.Tothisend,49studentsmajoringinanEnglishLanguageandLiteraturedepartmentofa state university in Turkey participated in the study. Data was collected through an open-ended questionnaire with 24items,andanalysisofthesemi-structuredinterviewnotesobtainedfromthefocusgroupdiscussion.Theresults apparently prove that participants utilize MT to assist their translation tasks irresistibly, and they mostly agreed that MT is unquestionably a facilitating and beneficial tool despite the possible challenges deriving from cultural andlinguisticdifferencesbetweenthesourceandtargetlanguages.Thus,itissuggestedthatsomeofthefunctions providedwithMTtoolsneedtobedevelopedtomeettheneedsoflearnerswhiletranslatingsomecertaincultural expressions. Finally, this study reveals that MT with its multiple features is a useful and pedagogical tool thatcan be utilized by foreign language learners as a digital resource in translationclasses.