On the default page for the Publisher Zone (Library > Lessons) click on the "Create a New Lesson" link.
A. Lesson Information
1. To create a new lesson it is important to at least enter a Title so that the lesson can be referenced in the future.
Some notes to help complete this information:
- Title. Only include the lesson title. Do not add level as that will be automatically added by the Publisher Zone.
- Channel. Select the channel within which you want to publish this lesson. If you only have one channel there is no need to change the default selection.
- Levels. To help with standardization we suggest using the European Common Framework (ECF) to gauge the level for your lessons. For more information please see this Wikipedia page.
- Lesson Image. This image will appear on the lesson page (both online and in the mobile apps) that students see. On the website, this image will act as the background for the audio lesson player (see sample below). Please upload a PNG or JPG file with dimensions 540*340 pixels.
To remove this tag, simply click on the red 'X'.
The second way to enter a tag is to select it from a list.
This method is usually preferable so that you can try to re-use tags as much as possible (and therefore making them more valuable to the student).
Please note that a consistent style should be used with tags. Lowercase should always be used with the exception of proper nouns. Spaces within tags should be replaced by underscores.
Finally, hit the "Save as Draft" button at the bottom of the page. Nothing will be saved until this button is clicked.
Lesson Components and Status Markers
Each of the tags represent a lesson component that needs to be completed. If a red dot is next to the component that indicates that the component is incomplete and still needs work. A green dot indicates that the component is complete. This is simply a visual review clue to help lesson creators and editors quickly see what needs work.
To indicate a lesson component is complete simply select "Save and Lock" instead of "Save as Draft" at the bottom of each page.
B. Lesson Description
C. Lesson Media
- Full Lesson Audio. This is the studio-produced MP3 file that contains all the audio branding. The only change that is made after upload is the addition of the album graphic (from Settings), ID3 meta information describing the channel (managed by OpenLanguage administrators) and IDS lyrics containing the dialogue for the lesson (this allows students listening on their iPods to follow along with the dialogue text).
- Lesson Transcript. This file is automatically generated from lesson content and the channel brand image (in Settings). Be sure to enter in the dialogue sentences (Dialogue) as well as the key and supplementary vocabulary (Vocabulary) before generating this file.
- Dialogue Audio. This is a studio-produced MP3 file containing the core lesson dialogue. Only the publisher album graphic is added after upload.
- Vocab Review. This is an automatically-generated MP3 files from word and sentence recordings made in the Dialogue and Vocabulary sections. If there is an 'Errors found' message in red text (see below) it means that the audio recordings are incomplete. The Vocab Review cannot be successfully generated until the necessary audio recordings are finished.
- Class Materials. These are classroom materials designed for a teacher and student to review the lesson input from the core lesson file. Typically they contain review activities, realia, etc to help get the most out of these synchronous practice sessions. Often these files are produced in Photoshop or Powerpoint, but they should be uploaded to the Publisher Zone as PDF files to ensure maximum accessibility.
D. Lesson Dialogue
A lesson dialogue is made up a a number of sentence pairs containing one target language sentence and its corresponding source language sentence. To get started click on "Add a New Sentence Pair".
First, select which speaker (1, 2, 3, or 4) says the dialogue line.
Then, enter the dialogue line at the top of the box. After you click on 'Save' you will see the pop-up below. We will discuss this in more detail in a moment. For now just click "Yes" and you will be probably notified "0 annotations were found".
In the remaining two boxes enter the phonetics and translation for the target language sentence. You have no created your first sentence pair. Continue adding sentence pairs until the dialogue has been completely entered.
Next, click on the "Record" sub link (skip "Annotate" for a moment).
In this section you will record audio for both the target and translation sentences. After you click on the record button at the far-right of each row you will see these icons:
To record your own voice now, click on the microphone to get started. Play back the audio after you are done until you are satisfied. Alternatively click on the right upload button to upload an MP3 file from your local computer. Do this for each for the sentences (both target and source) in the dialogue.
Note: if these don't buttons don't appear and you simply see a 'spinning wheel' it is likely your browser does not support Java which these features require. Please contact a OpenLanguage administrator and inform them of you browser, browser version and OS version.
If you click on the "Move/Delete" sub-tab you will be able to re-order and delete sentence pairs.
Now, back to annotations. For every single word or lexical chunk within the target language sentence we will annotate the target with additional information. This work will enable advanced vocabulary review for students, smart lesson recommendations and a number of other sophisticated features to help students. While somewhat labor-intensive at the beginning this becomes much easier over time as the glossary gets built out (this is especially true since we should be using high-frequency dialogues!).
To get started choose a sentence pair and click "Open".
When you first entered the target language sentence in "Edit" the Publisher Zone searches the existing glossary to see if the terms exist. If they do, the Publisher Zone will automatically annotate the term and they will appear here. If they don't (or if you are just getting started and therefore the glossary is empty) you will need to manually add them here by clicking "Add a New Annotation".
For each target term, enter the target term, the dictionary version of the target term, the phonetic version of the target term, the part-of-speech(POS), the POS-type and the translation. If the term should be included in the Key Vocabulary indicate that here (these terms will automatically popular Key Vocabulary in the Vocabulary section and will be the only terms available in Expansion). Add audio for both the target term and the translation. These will be included in the auto-generated Vocab Review MP3 file.
What is the difference between the target and the dictionary version?
The target is what is found in context, the dictionary version is what would be found in a dictionary. For example, the target might be a conjugated verb, the dictionary form would be infinitive version. Another example, the target might be a modified feminine plural adjective, while the dictionary form would be the standard singular, male version.
What is the difference between POS and POS-type?
POS might be "noun" for a term, while POS-type might be "masculine". POS might be "verb" for a term, while POS-type would be the aspect, say "Past". POS is designed as a drop-down menu while POS-type is a text box to provide more flexibility (but this still should be standardized). The current list we are using for POS and POS-type is below:
Noun- Proper Noun- Masculine- Feminine- NeuterPronounVerb- Past- Preterit- Imperfect- Past Progressive- Past Perfect- Remote Past- Present- Present Progressive- Present Perfect- Future- Future Progressive- Future Perfect- NonpastAuxiliary VerbAdjective- Masculine- Feminine- NeuterDeterminerAdverbPrepositionConjunctionInterjectionMeasure WordNumber WordParticleOnomatopoeiaContractionSet Phrase
E. Lesson Vocabulary
Things get easier after the annotation hurdle. The Vocabulary page is divided into Key Vocabulary and Supplementary Vocabulary. If you did all the work correctly in Dialogue the Key Vocabulary should all be complete and fully annotated.
If there are other terms you would like to add simply click on "Add New Key Vocabulary" and you will be presented with a list of all the terms used in the Dialogue. Pick one and it will be added to the list.
While Key Vocabulary is vocabulary found in the dialogue, Supplementary Vocabulary is vocabulary that might have come up during the recording of the lesson. Supplementary Vocabulary is less-structured than Key Vocabulary and can be simply added one-by-one.
F. Lesson Expansion
The expansion page is made up of a series of "Expansion Blocks" each with a key vocabulary term at focus.
When you "Add a New Expansion Block" you will be presented with the list of Key Vocabulary terms. Once a term is selected it is recommended to add at least 3 sample sentences demonstrating how the term might be used. In Expansion, only the target language sentence needs to be recorded (for use in the Vocab Review audio file). Each sample sentence should be annotated as was done in the Dialogue section. Click "Open" to get started.
G. Lesson Grammar
Grammar is similar to Expansion except that being based on Key Vocabulary, Grammar is based on grammar tags. To get started you can see the list of grammar tags entered on the Lesson Information page. On this page, you can add a new tag, select from a list, or delete a tag. Tags are used for grammar to allow for maximum re-usability (i.e. you only have to enter the grammar information once and then re-use it for x number of lessons).
Once you are happy with the grammar tags for the lesson you can add a grammar title and grammar description. Simply click on the text and edit directly. Changes are immediately saved. Then, as always, it is recommend to provide at least 3 sample sentences to describe how the grammar pattern can be used. Target language sentences should have sentence level audio. Individual terms within the target language sentence should be annotated. Click "Open" to start annotating!
Tip: to help you quickly see which terms have already been annotated you can simply move you mouse of the term. If a popup appears the word has been previously annotated. If nothing appears, then you have work to do!
H. Lesson Exercises
Before these can be auto-generated, lesson exercises need to be configured first. Click here to learn how to configure lesson exercises.
Once the lesson exercises are configured you simply hit the "Generate" button and you will see a sample test such as the one below.
If you want to make changes simply hit "Edit". Once you are happy "Save and Lock" the page and you are almost done.
We are almost done. Once the lesson has been fully entered and reviewed for quality purposes each of the lesson components should have a green dot next to them. Admin (not Associate) users then can view the list of lessons and choose to change the Status to "Published".
Simply click on "Draft" and you will be presented with a drop-down menu. Now when you published date (from the Info page) is reached the lesson will be available to students on the site. Also, when a lesson is marked as Published it is also available to be added to Courses, but more on that later.
If you want to preview how the lesson will appear to students simply click on the ID number (e.g. the "13" in the example above) and you will be taken to the student's lesson page.