Google today has broken itself down into sub-Googles to customize searches for various countries and languages with some unforeseen effects for ESL learning.
Who wouldn’t 90% of the web was in English. .
Their motto was don’t be evil. They choose Einstien’s quote for their science search engine scholar. They provide us with the history of words in the ngram viewer and they had a geeky advanced search dashboard. And you could have an alert in a subject you loved
This is shameless publicity. In part from google’s search engine capacities I was able to make wordelizer.
SIMPLE TEN RESULTS IN ENGLISH
There was this fancy sign in thingy with lots of icons. And let’s not forget the translation service.
The web changed too. Once it was almost all in English. Today according to google site: wikipedia has approximately 15 million pages in English, 6 million in Chinese, 4 million in French, 3 million in both Spanish and German.
Our Nemesis google. Fr. it is a seperate company and is ranked 19th most visited page.
Now they are here
Fifty percent of the results are in French
The knowledge graph gives too much info and can distract students.
Seventy percent of the results in the serp are French not counting the other links
This walled garden is seductive and if truth be known, perhaps a good thing for the French langauge.
Google uk still works, but this is a walled garden too.
The knowledge graph has lots more links
How to escape the google ghetto
How to escape the
(and along the way other geeky sites & tricks
to better help your students search the web)
By Chris Yukna
TESOL France School of Mines
I used to love Google
Who wouldn’t 90% of the web was in English.
Google.com was the ESL teacher’s best friend and it did
not even translate.
You students used to be able to
• Type google.com in the url
• Click on the link on the bottom right of google .fr
• Or simply search with English words
Now they are insidiously redirected to a Google.com
Also in the face of competiton from
Wolfram|Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine
Google decided to become a Knowledge Engine.
Students are effortly directed to
wikipedia.fr for example.
This gives a French worldview on all sorts of topics. Sometimes, it is harmless but
quite often it taints the results.
Some alternatives in the quest to find
the original google.com.
• Signing in to google means you can, perhaps,
control better the search results
• Going to the search parameters and selecting
only English results
• Typing ncr No Constant Redirect in the url.
At last you have the power & perspective of google.com. And there is normally a
memory of the reconfiguration so you and your students should not have to do it again.
How to put Google in Your Classroom
Some pertinent sites
• Google Logo Generator
• If google was a guy
• If google was a guy 2.
• Google Scholar
• Internet archives
• Let’s have some pun.
About the author:
Chris Yukna was born
in the antediluvian 50s,
had a paper route at 9,
sold Christmas cards door
to door at 11, and washed
dishes at 14. All these
enriching work experiences convinced him early
on that he was totally unsuited to working and
therefore should become a space cadet, mad
scientist, or teacher.
He has three websites that he tries to update
Science General (fun with science)
Business Emporium (Esl business lessons &
Totally Unorthodox (where he puts everything