The Making of a Language Course: Q&A with Living Language Editors

We asked Living Language Editors, Erin Quirk and Suzanne McQuade, to tell us a little about what goes into making a Living Language course, and here's what we found out.

Walk us through the process of creating and editing a Living Language course: where do you begin?

SM: The first step is for the author and the editor—either myself or another Living Language editor—to plan the course. The author comes to the table with expertise in teaching the target language and we as editors come to the table with expertise in structuring language learning specifically for self-study. Together, we create an outline using our Living Language Method (e.g. building up your knowledge incrementally, each step building on the previous one), laying out the grammar and vocabulary of the language in the most logical way possible for learning. This is called the scope and sequence. Once the scope and sequence is finalized, the author starts writing the course.

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