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We Speak Translate Project

The We Speak Translate project is a first of its kind collaboration between Google Translate and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) utilizing the Google Translate app for refugee resettlement and newcomer inclusion in communities.

Upon completion of the 40-minute training, participants receive a We Speak Translate decal, a visible symbol of inclusion and commitment to promoting diversity and communication across language barriers. Familiarity with the Google Translate app establishes a common platform for communication while newcomers develop their English language skills.

Google is humbled and excited to be supporting this project with the goal of helping New Canadians make the often challenging transition to life in Canada through language and engagement – Roque Silva, Interaction Designer, Google Translate 

Training Goals & Benefits:

  1. Encourage welcoming communities that value diversity, inclusion and integration.
  2. Become familiar with the Google Translate app (free, downloadable app for smartphones and tablets).
  3. Establish a common platform for communication with newcomers while English language skills develop.

Length of Workshop:

30 – 45 minute

Group Size:

Suggested number of participants at 25-35 persons/minimum 8 participants.

Workshop Costs:

The workshop is free. The workshop includes a facilitator, Google Translate training, We Speak Translate decals for all participants, a printed summary of information covered in the workshop and audio visual equipment.

Workshop Date, Time, & Logistics:

The workshop can be delivered at a convenient location for your organization or business with access to Wi-Fi.

Workshop Format:

  1. Introduction and overview of project/objective (5-10 mins)
  2. Google Translate training presentation (20-30 mins)
    Explore the capacity of the Google Translate app
    Learn how to effectively use the Google Translate app
    Interact with the app
  1. Distribution of We Speak Translate decals

We Speak Translate Training Facilitator:

Kate Longpre is the Community Integration Coordinator at ICA.  Kate works strategically across sectors to ensure that resettled refugees entering the Greater Victoria area are successfully integrated into welcoming communities. Kate approached Google Translate in September 2016 with the idea for the We Speak Translate project. In April 2017 the project launched in Victoria, BC, the first location worldwide to initiate the project.

Additional Information:

For more information or to arrange We Speak Translate training please contact:

Kate Longpre
Community Integration Coordinator
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
250-388-4728 ext. 167

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Project Funders:

UWGVFundedProg12-2Google Translate