Sample online development exercises
Project developer Gordon Wells has been working over the summer on creating some sample English online exercises based on source material from Guthan nan Eilean/Island Voices. Using a combination of free “off the shelf” WordPress, Dropbox, and Hot Potatoes software he constructed an “Island Voices: English Exercises” platform, including linkage to the Wordlink and Multidict programs developed under the Leonardo POOLS-T project.
What can a language teacher do, using this approach?
1. Create a stock of separate online pages with different sets of teaching units on each.
2. Create individual teaching units that include embedded video (or audio), transcripts with optional linkage to online dictionaries, interactive self-test language exercises, and suggestions for writing or further discussion in class or online.
A sample unit for advanced students can be found here, based on the Am Pàipear interview with Norman Maclean for the Series Two Enterprise collection. (Some older units previously produced for Cothrom are also included for illustrative purposes on the Series One Page – though POOLS-T has seen significant development of the online dictionary access tool since their creation.)
This is developmental “work in progress”, and not an integral part of the current project, though it may point a way forward for more work in English and/or Gaelic that will add further educational value to the materials produced here.
As always, comments from language teachers and language learners are most welcome.