25.4259, Software: WordByWord

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Subject: 25.4259, Software: WordByWord

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Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:06:25
From: Vera Ferreira [vferreira at cidles.eu]
Subject: WordByWord

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The main aim of the project ''WordByWord – Aprender Minderico: A multimedia
software for learning Minderico vocabulary'' supported by the Foundation for
Endangered Languages was the development of a vocabulary trainer for Minderico
which could simultaneously catch the interest of the younger generation for
the language of its ancestors (via its combination with new language
technologies), support language teaching and reactivate the knowledge of
passive speakers.

Today we are proud to release a new version of WordByWord - a free, open
source, easy-to-use multimedia vocabulary trainer developed by Vera Ferreira,
Peter Bouda, and Ricardo Filipe at CIDLeS. A beta version of WordByWord has
been created and tested in 2011 at CIDLeS. With the support of the Foundation
for Endangered Languages, the program could be deeply improved and extended.

WordByWord takes an ordered list of words in two languages, organized in
lessons, and presents the words in random order. It also allows the user to
listen to the pronunciation of the words in the target language. The main
language course in WordByWord is Minderico for Portuguese speakers but the
program is flexible enough to easily adapt to other languages. The download
package includes other language courses.

For each lesson there are three modes of interaction with different difficulty
levels: multiple choice, a fill out mode (to practice writing), and a display
mode (to train pronunciation). The audio files for Minderico were created by
three Minderico language consultants (Elsa Nogueira, Rita Pedro, and Pedro
Manha), who collaborated actively in this project.

In the school year 2014-2015, WordByWord will be an integral part of Minderico
lessons at the local school.

Learn more about WordByWord and download the program here -

If you have any questions or ideas about WordByWord or if you would like to
have your language in WordByWord just write an email to vferreira at cidles.eu or
pbouda at cidles.eu

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