This article explains how to create and work on course skeletons. The explained concepts follow the course life cycle and we refer to technical terms from that description.
Currently Artikulate consists of one course skeleton called “basic course skeleton”. It gathers phrases in English divided into several units: Numbers, Alphabet, Tourism, Family, Sport, Entertainment, Clothing, At the supermarket, At the doctor's, Time and Dates, Weather, Countries and Cultures and At the restaurant. This is a skeleton that covers basic vocabulary from different areas while learning a new language. However we predict that there will be a need of creating additional skeletons that will cover more advanced or more specific topics. For example one could create a skeleton with different medical vocabulary that would be of interest to only some specific users. Therefore we allow creation of additional skeletons. Below there are detailed instructions how to do it.
For adding new units to a course skeleton (we refer to it as skeleton in the remaining text) Artikulate must be configured to work on a course repository. If that is configured, you can open Artikulate and use the internal course editor to edit an existing skeleton. For a skeleton you can create a new unit by performing the following steps:
Please save your changes when closing the skeleton by pressing the "OK" button. (The close button is at the top menu bar.) As a rule of thumb, for the artikulate-data repository we follow the convention that every unit should contain about 50-100 phrases forming a homogeneous topic.
This is quite similar to adding new units. To add a new phrase you need to start Artikulate and go to the dialog "Course editor" (top-left button). The slide bar with two options will appear and you need to choose “Edit skeletons” option. Choose the skeleton you want to edit and then from the list of units choose a particular unit. In the middle of the screen you will see the list of the phrases available for this unit. On the top of the list there should be “add phrase” button. Once you clicked on it, a box to input a new phrase will appear. Just type your phrase inside this box and then choose if it is a word, an expression, a sentence or a paragraph. Save your changes for this phrase by clicking “a tick” button on the right side of the phrase. You can now add more phrases to the unit if you wish but you must remember to save all your work by clicking OK button (on the top of the screen) before you close Artikulate.