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We Speak Translate training

September 29 | 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

We Speak Translate training

Location: Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

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To register for the training please visit  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/we-speak-translate-training-culture-days-registration-36692501259

The We Speak Translate project is a first of its kind collaboration between Google Translate and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) utilizing the Google Translate app for refugee resettlement and newcomer inclusion in communities.

The project involves training community stakeholders, organizations and institutions in the Google Translate app.  Upon completion of the 40-minute training, participants receive a We Speak Translate decal, a visible symbol of inclusion and commitment to promoting diversity and communication across language barriers. Familiarity with the Google Translate app establishes a common platform for communication while newcomers develop their English language skills.

To date, over 600 community members and stakeholders have received Google Translate training through the We Speak Translate project. Project training has occurred for staff at local libraries, recreation centre’s, social service organizations, museums and banks.  Organizations, businesses and institutions that serve new immigrants and refugees can benefit from participating in the We Speak Translate project and training.

Google is humbled and excited to be supporting this project with the goal of helping new Canadians make the often challenging transition to life in Canada through language and engagement – Roque Silva, Interaction Designer, Google Translate

Training Goals & Benefits:

  1. Encourage welcoming communities that value diversity, inclusion and integration.
  2. Become familiar with the Google Translate app (free, downloadable app for smartphones and tablets).
  3. Establish a common platform for communication with newcomers while English language skills develop.

Workshop Format:

  1.  Introduction and overview of project/objective
  2.  Google Translate training presentation
  3.  Explore the capacity of the Google Translate app
  4.  Learn how to effectively use the Google Translate app
  5.  Interact with the app
  6.  Distribution of We Speak Translate decals

We Speak Translate Training Facilitator:

Kate Longpre is the Community Integration Coordinator at ICA.  Kate works strategically across sectors to ensure that resettled refugees entering the Greater Victoria area are successfully integrated into welcoming communities. Kate approached Google Translate in September 2016 with the idea for the We Speak Translate project. In April 2017 the project launched in Victoria, BC, the first location worldwide to initiate the project.

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