Reading Comprehension and the Use of Google Translator

Adriana Riess Karnal, Pereira W. Vera


This paper analyses the use of Machine Translation when EFL students read a text translated by Google translator. Bearing this in mind we examine how efficient Google translator can be and to what extent it is possible to comprehend a text translated with this tool. We discuss the area of Reading through a psycholinguistic point of view and we focus mainly on Perfetti’s Verbal Efficiency (1985, 2007). Finally, we applied a Reading instrument to a group of non-proficient readers of English. The objective is to investigate the strategies readers use when reading a text translated from English to Portuguese and how much they could comprehend.

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