Can I use Oak in other languages?

Find out more about how you can use Oak in other languages.

Contents

How translations work

Enabling translations

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact us

Help with using Oak


How translations work

Using your web browser, it is possible to automatically translate our online classroom into several languages.

Translating the lessons is a two-part process, which involves:

  1. setting the translation language in your browser (eg. over 100 languages in Chrome); and
  2. enabling translations of worksheets, available for the following languages:
  • Welsh (Cymraeg)
  • Irish (Gaelige)
  • Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig)
  • French (Français)
  • Spanish (Español)
  • Portuguese (Português)
  • Polish (Polski)
  • Romanian (Română)
  • Arabic (العربية)
  • Bengali (বাংলা)
  • Gujarati (ગુજરાતી)
  • Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ)
  • Ukrainian (Українська)
  • Russian (Русский Язык)
  • Somali (Soomaaliga)
  • Tamil (தமிழ்)
  • Urdu (اردو)

Oak has always been designed to be in the English language and so we know these translations may not be perfect, but we hope this update will help to support teachers, parents and the wider community in keeping pupils learning.

To get started, visit our Classroom and follow the instructions below.

You will need to follow both steps to translate our lessons in full. 

 


Enabling translations


Translating the lessons is a
two-part process, which involves setting the translation language in your browser, and enabling translations of worksheets. We recommend following both steps to best benefit from our Classroom.

Browser translations 

Firstly, you will need to enable automatic translations in your browser. Support is available here via external websites for:

Google Chrome logo Chrome

Safari logo Safari

Firefox logo Firefox (requires an extension)

Microsoft Edge logo Microsoft Edge

Worksheet translations

Our worksheets cannot be translated automatically by browsers, so require an extra step.

Please follow the instructions below:

1. Click the globe icon (classroom-globe-icon) in the top menu. This appears on the Classroom homepage and worksheet pages too:

language-picker

2. Select your preferred language here and click Confirm:

language-picker-worksheets

 

If you feel that videos are moving too fast when using translations, you have the option to change playback speed. Selecting the 1x in the video menu will show you different options to slow down or speed up videos. 

 



Frequently Asked Questions

Is this article available in Ukrainian?

You can find support for Ukrainian translations here.
Ця стаття доступна українською тут.


What parts of the lesson are translated?

The Classroom interface and menus, and the lesson quizzes, worksheets and video captions.


Are the printable quizzes in Oak’s Teacher Hub translated too?

Not at this time, but translated quizzes can be taken online in our Classroom.


Do I need to go through this process every time I revisit Classroom?

Once you’ve enabled the translation in the browser, it will remember the language selection – so next time you will be able to directly select translations option more quickly. The translation persists until the page reloads - so if you navigate away from the Classroom you will need to enable the translation again.


How do I turn off the translations?

Simply navigate away or reload the web page, and translations will discontinue.


Why do you not suggest using Safari?

Safari only supports translations in the browser across a limited group of languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish.



Contact us

If you have any questions, you can email us at help@thenational.academy. Alternatively you can get in touch with form.

We are an English-speaking team, but will do our very best to help where we can.


Help with using Oak

To understand more about how Oak works and how you can use our Classroom, you can read more of our articles or visit our help pages here. Our website is in English, so remember you to have enabled translation through your browser if you need it.

If you need further support, you can email us at help@thenational.academy