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Query:   Open Source Language Learning/Addendum
Author:  Doug Whalen
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Computational Linguistics

Summary:   A WHILE BACK, I POSTED THIS QUERY:

> DOES ANYONE KNOW OF ANY OPEN-SOURCE PROGRAMS FOR TEACHING A LANGUAGE?
> IDEALLY, THIS WOULD BE SOMETHING MODULARIZED SO THAT NEW LANGUAGES
> COULD BE INTRODUCED INTO THE SYSTEM.

I RECEIVED SOME RESPONSES, WHICH I SUMMARIZE BELOW. I THANK:
MONICA WARD
ANDERS DAMGREN HØJEN
DEBORAH W. ANDERSON
JOHN DOWDING

MONICA WARD HAD THE MOST DIRECTLY RELEVANT POSTING:

>I HAVE DEVELOPED A TEMPLATE FOR DEVELOPING CALL (COMPUTER ASSISTED LANGUAGE
>LEARNING) MATERIALS FOR ENDANGERED LANGUAGES (ALTHOUGH IT COULD BE USED FOR
>ANY LANGUAGE). I HAVE USED XML TECHNOLOGIES AND THE DESIGN IS MODULAR.
>
>I HAVE DEVELOPED COURSEWARE IN NAWAT (OR PIPIL), AN ENDANGERED LANGUAGE OF
>EL SALVADOR. THERE IS AN ONLINE VERSION OF THE COURSE AT:
>HTTP://WWW.COMPAPP.DCU.IE/~MWARD/NAWAT.HTML
>
>THERE IS ALSO A CD AND A PRINTED VERSION (FOR THOSE WITH NO COMPUTER
>ACCESS).
>
>I HAVE STARTED WORKING WITH LOUANNA FURBEE ON DEVELOPING A VERSION FOR THE
>TOJOLAB'AL LANGUAGE OF MEXICO.
>
>I HAVE ALSO DEVELOPED A (VERY ROUGH) DEMO LESSON FOR KABIYE (A LANGUAGE OF
>TOGO, BENIN). IT IS AVAILABLE AT:
>
>HTTP://WWW.COMPAPP.DCU.IE/~MWARD/KABIYE/L01/HTML/LESSON1_ENG.HTML
>
>IT IS NOT DIFFICULT TO GENERATE THE COURSEWARE (IT MAINLY INVOLVES ENTERING
>PLAIN TEXT INTO FILES AND RUNNING A SCRIPT TO CREATE THE WEB PAGES).
>
>THE AIM OF THE TEMPLATE IS TO ENABLE ENDANGERED LANGUAGE COMMUNITIES TO
>DEVELOP CALL COURSEWARE EASILY AND WITHOUT TOO MUCH DIFFICULTY. I BELIEVE
>THAT DEVELOPING MODERN, ONLINE COURSEWARE CAN HELP RAISE THE PRESTIGE OF AA
>LANGUAGE, BOTH WITHIN THE EL COMMUNITY AND AMONGST THE WIDER COMMUNITY
>(AMONGST OTHER BENEFITS). I HAVE WRITTEN SEVERAL PAPERS ABOUT THE TEMPLATE
>AND CALL IN THE EL CONTEXT.

DEBORAH ANDERSON ALSO HAD REFERENCE TO A RELEVANT PROJECT:

>ONE RESOURCE BEING DEVELOPED AT UC DAVIS IN OPEN REMOTE
>COLLABORATION TOOL (OPENRCT), DESCRIBED AT
>HTTP://DAVINCI.CS.UCDAVIS.EDU/ . THIS IS BEING SUPPORTED (OR IS IN
>SOME WAY RELATED TO) THE UC LANGUAGE CONSORTIUM AS A MEANS TO TEACH
>LANGUAGES, THOUGH IT CAN ALSO BE USED FOR OTHER PURPOSES AS WELL.
>THEY HAVE A MULTILINGUAL CHAT CAPABILITY, WHICH WORKS WELL IN A
>CROSS-PLATFORM ENVIRONMENT, EXCEPT FOR A PARTICULAR PROBLEM WITH
>ARABIC ON THE MAC. THE DEVELOPERS, UNDER DICK WALTERS, ARE EAGER FOR
>INPUT AND WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

SHE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THERE IS AN EMAIL LIST CALLED LANGUAGE
LEARNING TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL AT LLTI@DARTMOUTH.EDU, WHICH MIGHT
BE A PLACE TO CONTINUE A DISCUSSION ABOUT OPEN SOURCE PROGRAMS; THERE
IS NOT MUCH THERE RIGHT NOW.

ANDERS DAMGREN HØJEN POINTED OUT VISL (HTTP://VISL.HUM.SDU.DK/VISL/),
WHICH HAS TOOLS FOR VARIOUS LANGUAGES. IT IS NOT IMMEDIATELY CLEAR
WHETHER THIS IS OPEN SOURCE OR NOT, BUT IT'S A VERY INTERESTING SITE.

JOHN DOWDING RUNS A WEB SITE THAT MAKES SOME OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE
AVAILABLE: HTTP://WWW.OPENNLP.COM. NONE OF THIS IS GEARED TOWARD
LANGUAGE LEARNING, BUT IT MIGHT BE USEFUL FOR OTHER INTERFACE ISSUES.

THANKS TO ALL,
DOUG WHALEN DHW
-
DOUG WHALEN (WHALEN@HASKINS.YALE.EDU)
HASKINS LABORATORIES
270 CROWN ST.
NEW HAVEN, CT 06511
203-865-6163, EXT. 234
FAX: 203-865-8963
HTTP://WWW.HASKINS.YALE.EDU/

LL Issue: 13.2303
Date Posted: 13-Sep-2002
Original Query: Read original query