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FYI: Latest Developments in L1-Driven L2 Teaching


Author: Ziyuan Yao

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Translation
Language Acquisition

FYI Body: Latest theories, systems and designs of native language-driven foreign
language teaching

Dear All,

I'm pleased to release a document studying theories, systems and
designs of native language-driven foreign language learning.

Key points:

''L1-driven L2 teaching'' is a method which lets a browser extension
insert foreign language micro-lessons into the native language Web
page you're browsing. It can be further divided into two paradigms:

(1) ''Topic-oriented teaching'' is to insert foreign language micro-
lessons relevant to the topic of the Web page you're browsing.

(2) ''Word-oriented teaching'' is to insert foreign language micro-
lessons, each specifically targeting a certain word of the Web page
you're browsing.

Obviously, word-oriented teaching will involve word sense
disambiguation (a technique in natural language processing and
machine translation), while topic-oriented teaching doesn't.

Both will be the future of second language teaching. Read the
complete document:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?
a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx5YW96aXl1YW58Z3g
6MWVlYmY5NTU1Y2JjZTI2

Best Regards,
Ziyuan Yao
https://sites.google.com/site/yaoziyuan/

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