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How do people work in a multilingual virtual classroom? A multilingual learning environment using Moodle and Apertium

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Author(s): Antoni Oliver | Cristina Borrell

Journal: UOC Papers. Revista sobre la societat del coneixement
ISSN 1885-1541

Issue: 6;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: apertium | environment | free software | machine translator | moodle | multilingual

ABSTRACT
The UOC, within the framework of the Linguamón-UOC Chair in Multilingualism, has developed a virtual learning environment with an integrated machine translation system. Thanks to this project, which works with free software applications Moodle and Apertium, a multilingual learning environment can be provided in Catalan, English, French and Spanish. This environment is to be released under a free software licence. The translator includes a language detector and a pre-editing module that corrects incoming messages, without requiring any intervention from the user. This helps improve the quality of the resulting translations. The whole system has been adapted to the type of text seen in email messages following the prior study of the messages seen on the UOC's forums.
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