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 the procedure how to add new units. You have to perform the following steps for this:
You can now proceed with editing other phrases are creating new phrases. Remember to save all changes to the skeleton when closing it (see before).