Tips for Building Interactive Language Learning Course using Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline

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Building interactive language learning course using Articulate storyline or in general is very different from building an normal corporate or STEM learning course. Instructional design, modularity, gamification, audio narration, multimedia, interactive audio-visual exercises are crucial to making the course effective for the new learner.

How different is it?

Unlike non-language learning courses, Learner has zero understanding of the concept he or she is about to learn.

Points to consider

  • 01

    Almost all interactive learning courses are self-paced but audio narration may not be that important for a normal course. But in case of language learning course, narrating new language concepts in a base language which learner understands & relates to becomes very important.

  • 02

    Language learning courses are normally big ranging 10-15 hours of run length. It is important to break the entire course in small sections, topics & lessons with milestones, achievements and gamification to motivate young learners.

  • 03

    Language courses predominantly involve learning letters, phonics, grammar, pronounciation, word, sentence construction, etc. It is important to keep learner interested & engaged by simplifying concepts through narration, animations, multimedia. Reinforce concepts with simple interactive multimedia exercises & feedback.

  • 04

    Language learning normally has pre-defined learning path which holds true for almost all languages. It is important to break it down to bite-size modules or lessons which build on top of previously learnt concepts. Assess the learnings through tests/quizzes containing interactive audio, image, matching, sorting, drag & drop exercises with scoring & pointed feedback on the performance.

Choosing the right font

For building learning content for non-English based languages, choosing the right font is very critical.

Points to consider

  • 01

    Before you finalize the font, compare & test shortlisted fonts for compound letter & word formations. Ensure that they meet your requirements. Web-safe fonts are preferred but unfortunately they don’t always meet the requirements.

  • 02

    Create sample language content with the chosen font using different sizes, wieght & styles. Publish the sample content to different delivery formats (CD, Web, SCORM, Mobile/Tablet) with different screen sizes & resolutions. You will be surprised to discover weird font rendering behaviors.

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    Limit the excessive use of base language to explain new language concepts to audio narrations unless it is absolutely necessary put it on the slide. For example, it you are teaching Sanskrit (Indian Language) using English as base language, avoid putting english text on the slides unless it is necessary. This will help when you want to create another version of Sanskrit learning course using base Language as Spanish (all you need to do is change the audio narration) .

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