New Look for New Word Look-up
Scotland’s Gaelic College, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, is a partner with other institutions across Europe in the TOOLS project. Followers of the TOOLS blog will have noted that there has been recent discussion of possible designs for the central “Clilstore” platform – which, through the agency of SMO’s Dr Caoimhín Ó Donnaíle, performs the magic trick of linking words in an online text to a host of different language dictionaries. (Over a hundred languages are accessible through the program.)
While there is still work to be done on the student and teacher interface and log-in systems, the basics of the new design have been agreed. To mark the occasion, the Island Voices Series 1 and 2 pages have been substantially reconfigured. Caoimhín had already prepared Clilstore units for each of the 150 videos in the central collection, meaning you could scroll down a wordlinked transcript while watching the embedded video on the same page, simultaneously checking a dictionary translation of any words you didn’t know. Links to these units, which now have a new cleaner look, have been placed on the pages on this site, replacing the old transcriptions in Word. Check any of the Series 1 or Series 2 Outdoors, Generations or Enterprise pages, and see what you think.
CLIL stands for “Content and Language Integrated Learning”. It’s a philosophy which chimes well with the Island Voices approach of capturing language as it is used in the community, and aiming to reflect the everyday lives of real people. As the project continues to develop we hope to make more use of Clilstore as a supportive means of re-presenting real language to learners.