Software for Language Learning

CALICO (Computer Assisted Language Instruction COnsortium) has an annual conference to discuss methods of using computers to assist with language instruction. This year’s symposium has just passed, but in 2001, Robert Balas and Anne George presented on their “La Taupe” and “A travers la lumiere” programs that allow popular video software QuickTime videos to be integrated with a dictionary and more to assist students of French.

In 2002, Canku Ota reported that La Taupe was adapted for students to learn Upriver Halkomelem, a tonal dialect of Halkomelem (hur) in the US. The article notes that the Nooksack people have adopted this language as Nooksack has been lost.

The language program can be found in the Education Department programs of the Nooksack tribe under Halqemeylem. A CD is also available for tribe members. For more information on the language, see the Language Geek (including keyboard software for typing), Snuneymuxw First Nation with a dictionary, the Halkomelem ethnobiology website for sounds, and the University of Victoria website for basic language lessons.

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