Benefiting Tibetan language learners

 

Creating effective learning materials for Tibetan requires leveraging modern linguistic research. Even the simplest data, like frequency lists, are an invaluable resource when it comes to making readers, textbooks, & other educational material that will benefit learners. New technologies, too, have a role to play in how students interact with materials, and how materials reach students. 

In "Create," you'll find resources for making your own modern educational materials for Tibetan, from textbooks to digital publications, graded readers, and more... 

 

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interactive epubs

As digital publications become more commonplace, so do their interactive features. Though many eReaders have yet to support complex media (like video and read-aloud), EPUBs are essentially webpages, and have the potential to deliver media-rich content. We'll explore the medium here, while providing guides for media-rich EPUB creation. 

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Graded Readers

We take it for granted that low-level, easy-to-read material is widely available in languages like English. Yet these sorts of resources, so important for both L1 & L2 learners, did not appear overnight. In this section, we discuss how to make and use tools like frequency lists & readability formulas to create level-appropriate learning materials for Tibetan. 

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Dictionaries

Another resource lacking in Tibetan is modern, research-based dictionaries. Specifically, we'd hope to see a Learner's Dictionary—a dictionary of frequent terms with easy-to-understand definitions for the beginner student—for Tibetan. Building on the concept of graded reading and word-level frequency, this section discusses issues specific to lexicography.