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At a presentation by our Competence Center for Business English at the 56th IATEFL Annual Conference in Harrogate, UK, the results and findings of an action-based research project with students and teachers from two undergraduate programs were presented.

Catherine Prewett-Schrempf and Linda Slattery from the Competence Center for Business English at FHWien der WKW addressed the questions: How can AI be used by students in “Business English” modules? Should it be allowed in graded assessment? What do the stakeholders say? They presented their findings at the IATEFL Annual Conference in Harrogate, one of the largest and most internationally represented teaching platforms in the world.

The talk on “Machine translation: friend or foe in graded assessment?” was given to a full house, showing just how topical this issue is. Catherine and Linda presented the findings and conclusions of the action-based research project carried out with students and teachers of the bachelor’s programs Tourism & Hospitality Management and Management & Entrepreneurship. The goal of the project was to determine how students use machine translation tools such as DeepL, etc. in professional and academic contexts and how these can be meaningfully integrated into teaching and a digital examination setting.