Department   Kyoto University of Foreign Studies  Department of British and American Studies, Faculty of Foreign Studies
   Position   Associate Professor
Date 2023/07/16
Presentation Theme Ukyo Voices—A community engagement project involving translation work conducted by L2 learners
Conference Kyoto JALT—Translation and Translingualism in Language Teaching
Promoters Kyoto JALT
Conference Type Local
Presentation Type Speech (Invitation/Special)
Contribution Type Individual
Invited Invited
Country Japan
Venue Campus Plaza Kyoto
Holding period 2023/07/16
Publisher and common publisher Takako Ramsden
Details The Ukyo Voices project was an extracurricular community engagement activity conducted at a university in Kyoto, with the cooperation of the Ukyo Ward local government, its residents and several organizations. 15 EFL students participated in this project, taking the roles of interviewers/writers/translators, website creators, or photographers. The goal of this project was to create a bilingual website to present the results of the students’ efforts, as well as to help the community promote their area. As for the translation part, the participants used a machine translation (MT) tool with the support of an AI MT developer company, and were able to experience the standard translation process for using MT, including pre-edit and post-edit stages. According to the post-project survey, overall, most of the participants felt this was a very valuable experience, not only for the opportunity it provided for interaction with people from outside the university, but also for the L1/L2 language usage involved in the project. The presenter will outline the project, with a special focus on how the translation work was planned and conducted, and also introduce some spin-off projects that were later conducted using the Ukyo Voices project model.