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DIY Videos for language learners

May 27, 2013

The partners have started compiling “Do It Yourself” videos that show how learners can benefit from the project results like Clilstore, Wordlink, and Muntidict. Watch the Danish version of the student video here: http://youtu.be/wbpiaBd2imc or the Spanish one here: http://youtu.be/Mp_aFDC4o24
In the coming weeks we’ll also have DIY videos that how teachers can create their own online materials.

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Clilstore guide is available in Danish, Irish and English

October 18, 2012

Good news for Clilstore users: Clilstore guide   is now available in Danish, English, and Irish. The guide shows how to create a unit and place in the Clilstore with the possibility for the author to come back and edit it, if necessary. Kent is very good at creating guides and DYV’s and of course he is excellent at creating exercises for the clilstore, so this guide will be useful not only for the beginners. There is no limit to perfection!

Test the guide in English at http://multidict.net/cs/790, in Irish at: http://multidict.net/cs/810, or in Danish at http://multidict.net/cs/807

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Other Languages

February 2, 2012

Clilstore is not restricted to servicing solely the languages of the TOOLS project teams. Here’s another experiment from “HindiMovieFan” (aka Gordon Wells) with a transcript of an interview with Bollywood’s greatest movie star, Amitabh Bachchan.

So, clilstore appears to handle Hindi quite as comfortably as Arabic! Again, just click on any word to go to a dictionary entry.

The link functions at the bottom of the page also allow you to find out more about Amitabh from Wikipedia, or follow Gordon’s personal musings on bilingualism and code-switching. Take your pick!

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First Experiments

January 30, 2012

The project is working with eight different languages primarily, but the “clilstore” tool that is being developed enables access to dictionaries in over 100 languages.

Here are some of our first attempts.

Click on the screenshot below to access a Danish video and transcript. You can click on any word in the transcript that you don’t know. The right panel will open up to display a choice of languages and dictionaries at the top.  Click on the one you want, and a dictionary entry in your chosen language will appear below.

Here’s another example with Scottish Gaelic as the source language. (Notice that the clilstore facility also offers the page creator the option of adding links at the bottom of the page. This could be to a suite of Hot Potatoes exercises, as in the Danish example, or to any other webpage, such as a related blogpost.)

And the project is not restricted to European languages that use the Roman alphabet. Here’s an example using Arabic.

These are first attempts using the basic prototype. Over the duration of the project we will refine and develop the tool in the light of experience and testing with both teachers and learners. Comments are always welcome.