Why Every Multilingual School Needs Translation Software

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There is a growing need for education translation in every school and district as more students and families speak other languages at home. Learn more about how Machine Translation translation can help any multilingual school.

The Need for Multilanguage Translation 

Over 67 million Americans speak another language at home. That’s almost 22% of US residents! And this statistic is growing rapidly; in 1980, only 11% of the population spoke a different language than English at home.  

That means in a perfectly average classroom of only 30 students, six students and their families need some form of translation services. It’s even estimated that one out of every four students will be an ELL by 2025. With this high rate of multilingual students and families, just about every school is a multilingual school that needs translation services available. 

Parent Communication 

The relationship between parents and a school is vital for students’ success. When families can support their children’s education, there is a higher chance of success for those children. Not only is parent communication essential for student success, but by law, schools must communicate information to parents in a language they can understand 

This includes information about: 

  • Registration and enrollment 
  • Permission forms required for school activities 
  • Language assistance programs 
  • Report cards
  • Student discipline 
  • Special education services 
  • Gifted and talented programs 
  • Magnet and charter school opportunities 
  • Parent-teacher conferences 

No matter what language a parent speaks, they deserve to be involved just as much in their child’s education. This means every school must have accurate, fast, and reliable translation tools to provide that opportunity.  

Communication with Students 

A student who is unable to understand their teacher will never learn. Without accurate and consistent translation, the student will quickly fall behind, missing critical benchmarks and developmental milestones.  

Additionally, students who are unable to understand their teachers cannot understand basic classroom expectations. They don’t know when they need to be quiet, when it’s okay to talk, or how to interact with each other appropriately. The lack of effective communication often leads to behavioral issues, not because the student is bad, but because they do not understand.  

The translation is necessary to provide clear direction and instruction in any multilingual school. Translation makes it possible for students to understand classroom education which helps reduce classroom disruptions and behavioral issues, and it also empowers them to learn.  

The most important benefit translation provides English language learning (ELL) students is comfort. Language can be like a familiar blanket. You don’t realize you miss it until you no longer have it wrapped around you.  

For ELL students, being thrown into an entirely English environment where they are expected to learn, socialize, and communicate in another language can feel overwhelming, jarring, and scary. Having educational materials in the language they use at home helps students literally feel at home. This serves as the foundation of trust in the classroom, leading to better educational success, fewer behavior issues, and meaningful individual development.  

SYSTRAN has been the industry leader in translation services for decades. By leveraging AI-powered neural networks, we’re able to provide the most advanced translation solution on the market.  

Translate PRO, our cloud solution provides instant implementation and access, lowering the starting costs while still providing instant access in any department.

Craig Wright
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