I’m not quite sure when Zoom added this feature, but you can now enable automatic subtitling in English when you’re in a video conference using the tool.

Avriel Ogawa, a very talented colleague, shared these instructions today:

Go to settings on the navigation bar on the left of the screen.

Scroll down to In Meeting Advanced

Then, scroll down to Closed Captioning and toggle it on

Be sure to check “Enable live transcription service to show transcript on the side panel in-meeting”
Go to a zoom meeting of yours
on the bottom of the zoom tool bar you should have an option that says, “Live Transcription”
From there a drop down box opens and click “Enable auto transcription”
It will automatically have CC for your students.


Of course, both Google Meet and Microsoft PowerPoint provide subtitles in the language of your choice, so this feature pales in comparison.

Nevertheless, it’s a great asset, especially to those of us who teach English Language Learners.