STUDENTS’ PERCEPTION ON THE USE OF GOOGLE TRANSLATE
This study aims to determine the perceptions of undergraduate students in the Early Childhood Teacher Education Study Program (PG PAUD) of Universitas Pendidikan Muhammadiyah (UNIMUDA) Sorong of the use of Google Translate (GT). Ten graduate students were selected as research participants. The instruments used were questionnaire and interview. The questions ranged from the student’ perceptions of the frequent use of GT, agreement or disagreement of using GT, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using GT. Through qualitative-descriptive analysis, it was known that most respondents indicated a high dependency on Google Translate in completing their writing. The results revealed that all participants used GT quite often and they were confident. Even though using GT has several disadvantages, students still believe this to have more advantages than disadvantages. After knowing the students’ perception of the use of GT in this study; it is expected that GT can be better utilized in the future.
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