9.1 proposal: Language learning on the XO.
eben.eliason at gmail.com
Tue Oct 28 22:48:13 EDT 2008
On Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 7:46 PM, Chris Ball <cjb at laptop.org> wrote:
> I'm learning Spanish at the moment, and I wish the XO made it easier
> for me. I don't have any knowledge of what the right way to do either
> conventional or constructionist language learning on computers is; if
> anyone has much experience with either, I'd love to hear about it.
> I have some obvious candidates for software that could be produced in
> * A method -- similar to Scott's recent GtkLabel overlay for allowing
> strings inside Sugar and activities to be translated -- that does a
> dictionary lookup of a word on the screen and overlays the
> translation of that word into a local language. This should be
> activity-agnostic, if possible. For bonus points, translate
> phrases instead of just words.
OSX has a really powerful built-in dictionary/thesaurus, which works
in a similar manner. It's only available anywhere there is selectable
text, but even that is invaluable. Here's a sample:
You could imagine offering dictionary/thesaurus/translation all in a
> * Perhaps some kind of Pronunciation Activity that gives you words
> in the target language, speaks them to you, explains what they
> mean in your local language, and asks you to speak them back,
> perhaps grading your response? (All but the last part is already
> possible to do manually in the Words activity, but not in a
> structured way.)
> * Is there any free content that matches iconic images to words,
> so that language vocabulary could be taught even without textual
> translation to a local language?
> Feel free to come up with questions/ideas around language learning on
> the XO in general in this thread, and they'll make it into the
> conference talk.
> - Chris.
> Chris Ball <cjb at laptop.org>
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