### Creating your own guided reader to learn a language

## Saturday, April 10, 2010

One other page worth mentioning that I remembered when taking a look at the Openlanguages site for Afrikaans is one here and here, where a story in Afrikaans is presented first entirely in English, then in a version approximately 70% English and 30% Afrikaans, then vice versa, and finally 100% Afrikaans. Though the word order in the two languages differs somewhat, for the most part it's the same and this makes it easy to do. To make your own version of this (in any language with a similar word order to English) videos on Ted.com can be the place to do it, giving an end product that can then be printed out and taken to a coffee shop or library as the vocabulary to work on for the day. This video on mathematics provides a good example. The text in English, Afrikaans and other languages can be seen to the right of the video, and this is what you copy and paste from. Then paste the content into a site like Textalyser (making sure to select 1 character as the minimum word size) to get the word count, and then change approximately 30% of it into the target language. This will first give you something like this.

Now, if President Obama invitedNote that the changes should not be uniform; that is, in some placesmyto be thevolgendeCzar of Mathematics, then I would have a suggestion for him thatek dinkwould vastly improve the mathematics education inhierdie land. En ditwould be easy toimplementerand inexpensive.

Diemathematics curriculumwat ons hetis based on foundation ofrekenkunde en algebra. Andalles watwe learn after that is building up towardseen vak. And attoppuntof that pyramid, it's calculus. Andek is hier om te sêthatek dinkthat that is the wrong summit of the pyramid ...dat diecorrect summit --wat al onsstudents, every high school graduate should know -- should be statistics:waarskynlikheid en statistiek.

I mean, don't get me wrong.Integrasie rekenkundeis an important subject.Dis een vanthe great products of the human mind.Die wetteof nature aregeskryfin the language of calculus.En enigestudent who studies math,wetenskap, engineering,economie, they should definitely learn calculus by the end of theirerste universiteitsjaar. Butek is hierto say, as a professor of mathematics, that very few people actually use calculus in a conscious, meaningful way, in theirdaaglikselives.Daarinteen, statistics -- that's a subject that you could, and should, use on daily basis.Ne? It'srisiko. It's reward. It's randomness.Disunderstanding data.

I thinkas onsstudents,asourhoërskoolstudents -- if all of the Americanburgers-- knew about probabilityen statistiek, sou ons niein the economicverknorsingthat we're in todaynie. Nie net-- thank you -- not only that ... [but] if it's taught properly,kan ditbe a lot of fun.Ek bedoel, probability andstatistiek, it's thewiskundeof games and gambling.Dis dieanalyzing trends. It'stoekomsvoorspelling. Look,die wêreldhas changed from analognadigital. Anddis tydfor our mathematicskurrikulumto change from analognadigital. From themeerclassical, continuous mathematics,na die meermodern, discrete mathematics. The mathematics ofonsekerheid, of randomness,van data-- and that being probabilityenstatistics.

Inop te som, instead of our students learning aboutdie tegniekeof calculus, I think it would be far morebetekenisvolif all of themsou weetwhat two standard deviations from the meanbeteken.EnI mean it. Thank you very much.

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**wiskunde**, but you do not need to replace every instance when doing it since the objective is just to learn new words, and the more new words the better.

Then take the same version and add another 40% or so, making it now 70% in the target language with English now being in the minority. By this point it becomes impossible to always maintain the original word order, so some shifting around can also occur. Now it will look like this. Then put the four versions next to each other, print it out and take it with you to work on for the day. The whole process takes about 15 minutes for a short video.

Now,sou President Obamainvitedmyto be thevolgendeTsarof Mathematics, then I would have avoorstelfor him thatek dinkwould vastly improve thewiskundeopvoeding inhierdie land. En ditwould bemakliktoimplementerand inexpensive.

Diemathematics curriculumwat ons hetisgebaseeron foundation ofrekenkunde en algebra. Andalles watweleerafter thatbou optowardseen vak. And attoppuntof that pyramid, isdifferensiasie en integrasie. Andek is hier om te sêthatek dinkthat that theverkeerdesummit of the pyramidis...dat diecorrect summit --wat al onsstudents,elkehigh school graduate shouldverstaan-- should bestatistiek:waarskynlikheid en statistiek.

I mean, don't getmywrong.Integrasie rekenkundeis anbelangrikevak.Dis een vanthe greatprestasiesof the humanintellek.Die wetteof natureisgeskryfin thetaalof calculus.En enigestudent who studieswiskunde,wetenskap, engineering,economie, they should definitelybemeestercalculus by the end ofhulle erste universiteitsjaar. Butek is hierto say, as awiskunde professor, thatbitter min menseactuallygebruikcalculus in a conscious,betekenisvollemanier, in theirdaaglikselives.Daarinteen, statistics -- that's'n vakthat youkan, andbehoort, usedaagliks.Ne? It'srisiko.Dis vergoeding. It's randomness.Disdie verstaan van data.

Ek dinkas onsstudents,asourhoërskoolstudents --as alleAmericanburgers-- about probabilityen statistiek geken het, sou ons niein theekonomieseverknorsingthat we're in todaynie. Nie net--dankie-- not only that ... [maar ook] if it'skorrektaught,kan ditbe a lot of fun.Ek bedoel, probability andstatistiek, it's thewiskundeofspeletjies en dobbel.Dis dieanalyzing trends. It'stoekomsvoorspelling.Kyk,die wêreldhas changedvan analoognadigitaal. Anddis tydfor our mathematicskurrikulumom te veranderfrom analognadigital.Vanthemeerclassical,aaneenlopendemathematics,na die meermodern, discretewiskunde.Die wiskundeofonsekerheid, of randomness,van data--dit isbeing probabilityenstatistiek.

Inop te som,instedeof ourstudenteaboutdie tegniekeof calculusleer,dink ekit would beveel meerbetekenisvolif all of themsou weetwhattweestandaardafwykingsfrom the meanbeteken.EnI mean it.Baie dankie.