Resource: Harry Potter in Translation: Making Language Learning Magical

February 1, 2012

Recently I did a virtual presentation for Idaho State University on how to use Harry Potter in translation to teach international languages. The presentation highlighted the Harry Potter in Translation project at the University of Calgary’s Language Research Centre.

The materials I prepared for the presentation included 5 lesson plans on how to use Harry Potter in translation in language classes.

You can check out the lesson plans here:

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


Webinar: Harry Potter in Translation: Make language learning magical

January 18, 2012

Harry Potter in Translation by Sarah Elaine EatonDid you know that the Harry Potter books have been translated into more than 70 languages? A project through the Language Research Centre brought together dozens of native speakers who recorded a portion of the first Harry Potter book. These recordings are available free of charge for language teachers and students everywhere.

In this professional development webinar for educators, presented by ISU Workforce Training, you get an introduction to the Harry Potter in translation project at the University of Calgary’s Language Research Centre. You also get ideas on how to use this free service in your own language classes.

This program includes 5 lesson plans for teachers to help them use Harry Potter as a teaching tool for second languages.

Make your language class magical by using Harry Potter in translation!

Webinar date: January 19, 2011

Webinar time: 4:00 p.m. MST

Register here.

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


Google Translate with Conversation Mode

October 17, 2011

I am not a fan of online translation.

Or rather, I was not a fan of online translation.

For years I’ve been vehemently vocal about the pitfalls of leaving language translation up to a mechanical device.

I’ve just seen something that is making me reconsider. This is quite possibly the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. Computer-based translation has come a long way in the past 15 years or so.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


Happy Banned Books Week!

September 26, 2011

Did you know that September 24 to October 1, 2011 is Banned Books Week sponsored by the American Libraries Association and 5 other organizations.

In celebration of the week, I’m pledging to read at least one banned book (though I haven’t decided which one yet.) Lauren Davis reports in the Eye on Education blog that the Harry Potter series has been the most widely banned book series of the past decade.

My friend and mentor, Dr. Nicholas Zekulin, a professor of Russian at the University of Calgary has what we believe to be the world’s largest collection of Harry Potter books in translation. Maybe I’ll pick up the Spanish version and enjoy Potter en español.

Here’s my invitation to join me in reading a banned book this week, or at least have a conversation with someone else about censorship, freedom of speech or banned books.

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