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Making reading in a second language more enjoyable

Oosterhof, J (2016) Making reading in a second language more enjoyable. Bachelor's Thesis, Computing Science.

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When learning a second language, one usually follows a learning program, which includes studying lists of words, reading standard texts and doing exercises. Learning a second language is much more enjoyable if one enjoys reading materials in the new language. Articles that are not too long, written about topics the student likes could be a good way to keep the reader motivated in reading more and thus learning the language. However, if the student does not know what a word means he has to look it up in a dictionary, and this means losing time, time that could have been better spent reading some more second language materials. One of the hypotheses of this work is that it might be more productive if one could just tap a word and its translation would appear within the text. This would save the learner from having to search for the word in an external dictionary or manually having to type it into a service like Google Translate. Keeping track of all the translations a user needs opens many opportunities for developing automated solutions that improve language learning. In this thesis we introduce the idea of an application which offers a platform where users can improve a language of their preference by reading articles they like in this language.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Computing Science
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:24
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:24

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