How to use the editor

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What is the Lingt editor?
Overview
Foreign language exercises that can be made with the Lingt editor
Creating a new class
Creating a new assignment
Building an assignment: inputs and prompts
Saving or assigning an assignment
Sharing your assignments
Managing your assignments
Viewing responses and submitting feedback

Frequently asked questions

What do my students and I need to use Lingt?
How should I use Lingt?
Can I use Lingt with my curriculum/texbook/preferred method of teaching?
Why isn't something displaying or working like it should?
How does the limit on published assignments work?
Why can't I record my voice?
How do my students take my assignments?
My school blocks YouTube. What can I do?
Is this going to add more work to my already busy schedule?
What if I have a question that isn't answered here?
What if I'm having trouble hearing or recording sounds at school?
Can I delete student response?


What is the Lingt editor?

The Lingt editor is an online-assignment creation tool that allows educators to create exercises that incorporate voice, images, video, and text. Using the editor, teachers can craft assignments that can assess and train students' speaking proficiency in a consistent and individually-intensive way. In addition, Lingt Classroom provides a simple and intuitive interface to manage assignments, keep track of student submissions, and provide feedback on an individual response level.

Overview

Use Lingt by creating assignments and assigning them to classes. This is called 'publishing' an assignment. A copy of every assignment that you create will be placed in your personal "Archive" so that you can later edit and reassign it how you see fit. Only assignments that you have assigned to classes can be viewed by your students, so simply "Save" an assignment to work on or assign it to a class later. To give you maximum flexibility, every assignment is independent - you can edit any assignment at any time without affecting the other versions. This mean you can assign an assignment to multiple classes, making slight edits to each class's copy, while keeping the original untouched in your Archive.

Foreign language exercises that can be made with the Lingt editor

We designed the Lingt editor to be flexible enough to allow teachers to be as creative as they like in creating assignments, but also to easily accomodate the most common language-learning exercises.

  • Dialogs: Follow your voice recordings with voice prompts to simulate dialogs that you invent yourself or that you take from your textbook.
  • Pronunciation: Record your pronunciation of key vocabulary or phrases and prompt students to repeat what they hear. Encourage them to listen to their recording and compare with your own.
  • Dictation: Record your voice and prompt students to type what they hear.
  • Video commentary: Have students react to a video in real-time to approximate real immersion.
  • Translation: Prompt students to translate to or from the foreign language. Use any combination of text and voice to have students speak their translations or type out a translation to your inserted text.
  • Reading: Insert a short story or primary source and prompt students to read it.
  • Culture exercises: Use maps, menus, signs, or other primary sources in the foreign language and prompt students to interpret and give their opinion. Insert videos to introduce students to songs, commercials, or TV shows from a foreign country.
  • Visual interaction: Present images and videos to students and prompt them to interpret or describe what they see and hear.


Creating a class

To create a new class, simply click the "create class" button at the top of your home page. If you teach more than one language, you will be prompted to enter the language taught in that classroom. You must create a class to hold assignments that you want your students to access.

Creating a new assignment

To create a new assignment, simply click the "create assignment" button at the top of your home page. Always start a new assignment by clicking "Title" and giving it a name.

Building an assignment: inputs and prompts

The Lingt editor is divided into two sets of buttons along the top of the page: four input buttons on the left and two prompt buttons on the right. Think of the four buttons on the left as yours: use them to build an assignment out of images, video, text, and voice. Think of the two prompt buttons on the right as the students': use them to designate spots in the assignment where you expect your students to either type or speak a response. Click the buttons to insert an input or prompt at the end of the assignment. Alternatively, drag the button down into the assignment to insert it anywhere. After an input or prompt has been inserted, you can click the gray "x" on the right to remove it. For dialogs, you can press the "< >" button to unpair two voice bubbles.

Saving or assigning an assignment

When you have finished building your assignment, you have the option to either assign or save it by clicking the buttons sitting just below the completed assignment. If you choose to assign, you will be prompted for a due date and to select the classes to which you want to assign (you can pick many, if you'd like). You will also be given the option to share your assignment with other teachers using Lingt. See the "Sharing assignments" section below for more details.

After you set a date and submit, the assignment will be immediately available for students to complete. A copy of the assignment will be placed in both the class and your Archive - you can edit either one without affecting the other.

Alternatively, you can save your assignment if you'd like to work on it more at a later time or delay making it accessable to your students. In this case, a copy will only be placed in your Archive.

As a shortcut to assign an archived assignment to a class quickly, you can simply drag the assignment on top of a class on your home page.


Sharing your assignments

Lingt allows teachers to share and exchange assignments. When saving an assignment, check the "Share?" checkbox and fill in the summary information to allow other teachers to make a copy of your work. To stop sharing, simply edit the assignment, uncheck the "Share?" box, and save.

If another teacher likes your work and chooses to use your assignment with their own class, they receive an exact copy to which they can make changes to fit their own curriculum or teaching style. Any changes he or she makes will not affect your copy.

To use other teacher's assignments in your own classroom, go to the "Community" page and search by language, skill level, or key words. Click on the assignments' title to review them and click the "add to assignments" button to place a copy in your own Archive. You can then edit or assign the assignment from there.


Managing your assignments

You can manage all of your assigned and saved assignments from your home page. Hover the cursor over an assignment to see the management options available. Using these options, you can delete assignments, change due dates, view student submissions, and assign archived assignments. Keep in mind that assigned assignments have limited editing functionality: you will be able to rerecord or retype existing prompts, but unable to add new ones (this is necessary for us to consistently sync student responses with your assignment). If you must make more substantial edits, remove the assignment from your class, edit your archived version, and reassign it.

Assignments that are past their due date will appear faded and gray. The number in parentheses in front of the assignment title is the number of students that have submitted responses.


Viewing responses and submitting feedback

From your home page, click the title of an assignment in the published assigment section on the left to access a page detailing student submissions to that assignment. Depending on your grading style, you can choose to view responses organized by individual student or diplayed inline within the actual assignment. Click a student's name under "responses by student" to view all of their submissions and to reveal the option to send feedback to that student. You can leave text or voice feedback to each student's individual responses by clicking the small icons next to their responses displayed in the "Responses by student" section.

You can leave feedback for as few or as many of their responses as you'd like, just make sure to click the "send feedback" link before moving on to another student. After sending feedback, a small mail icon will appear next to that student's name to remind you that you have already reviewed and commented on their submission.



FAQ


What do my students and I need to use Lingt?

Since Lingt is an entirely online service, our technical requirements are very easy to meet. In fact, you and most of your students probably already meet them:

  • Windows 7/XP/Vista or Mac OS X
  • Flash 9 or above. (upgrade here)
  • Lingt works best in Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 2+, and Safari 3.1+, but other browsers may work as well. We currently do not support Internet Explorer 6. This is why.
  • A microphone. This can be external or built-in to your computer.
  • Students need email accounts to recieve feedback
  • If you have internet filtering or a firewall in place you may need to make modifications. Specifically, RTMP communication over port 443 to audio.lingt.com is required to play and record audio.

If your browser doesn't meet the requirements, you will be notified on your home page with suggestions on how to upgrade.


How should I use Lingt?

The Lingt editor is intended to be used to create media-rich and interactive assignments that complement your chosen textbook, curriculum, and method of teaching. You may choose to craft all of your assignments with Lingt or use the editor more sparingly to supplement your usual reading and writing assignments or provide special focus on spoken proficiency. Lingt can also be used to facilitate oral exams or diagnostics at a fraction of the time it would usually take to do so.

Depending on your schedule and teaching style, students can complete your assignments at home or during classtime in a computer lab.


Can I use Lingt with my language/curriculum/textbook/preferred method of teaching?

Yes. Lingt's editor is independent of any single language, content source, or teaching methodology. Any language can by typed into an assignment (provided that you have software that already allows you to type in your language) and any voice recorded. You should use Lingt to complement your teaching style.

Why isn't something displaying or working like it should?

Probably because your computer doesn't meet one of our technical recommendations. Check your home page for upgrade notifications. It is also possible that you have discovered a bug. If you meet all the technical requirements and still have trouble, email us at info@lingtlanguage.com, and we'll get on top of it as quickly as possible.

How does the limit on published assignments work?

If you have a Free or Premium account, you have a limit on the number of assignments you can publish per year. Deleted assignments contribute to the published assignment count if they recieved more than two student responses. You can see how many assignments you have left on your homepage. To raise your limit, upgrade your account by going here.

Why can't I record my voice?

Assuming that you have allowed Flash access to your microphone when Lingt prompted you (impossible to miss), a hardware or operating system problem may be preventing you from recording your voice. Click "Microphone" in the top-right corner of the Lingt editor to try choosing another microphone. If this doesn't fix your problem, consult your operating system or audio driver documentation to make sure your hardware and operating system are configured correctly. You can try checking our support forums for help.

Important Note about USB microphones: Some USB microphones have certain incomptabilities with Flash. If you have a USB microphone and it isn't working, try changing your operating system's default microphone to your USB mic. In Mac OS X you can do this under the input section in Sound Preferences, and in Windows you can do this under the sound control panel. Contact us if you continue to have issues.


How do my students take my assignments?

All of your assigned assignments can be accessed and completed at lingtlanguage.com/your-user-name. So, you can find your assignments at lingtlanguage.com/. Just direct your students to this URL when you are ready for them to complete your assignment.

My schools blocks YouTube. What can I do?

Unfortunately, many school networks choose to block YouTube for very understandable reasons. Accordingly, you won't be able to view embedded YouTube videos on school computers unless you submit a request to your district's IT department to unblock our site. We are working hard to incorporate TeacherTube (which will not be blocked) videos soon. Of course, your embedded videos can still be viewed on students' home computers. So, unless you plan on using Lingt at school, you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

Is this going to add more work to my already busy schedule?

The Lingt editor is meant to encourage creation of innovative and engaging assignments that bring something new to the classroom. Accordingly, you may need to spend some time initially building quality assignments that will benefit your students. However, once published, any assignment can be reused as many times as you'd like. By sharing your assignments and using other teachers' work, you can contribute to building a body of quality foreign language content that will save everyone time.

Grading spoken exercises may seem daunting, but we encourage teachers to employ whatever methods they have used in the past to manage their grading time. For example, you might assign a lengthy speaking assignment for students to benefit from the exercise, but choose to only grade one section. It's entirely up to you.

In other ways, Lingt can save you a tremendous amount of time. For example, using Lingt to administer oral examinations or diagnostics dramatically reduces the time you have to spend testing students.


What if I'm having trouble hearing or recording sounds at school?

Often this is a problem teachers will need the help of technical staff to solve. Some schools have firewalls or other types of restrictions that slow or block Lingt's audio data. To ensure the best performance, make sure your school network has access to audio.lingt.com for RTMP communication (over tcp port 443). If you access the web through a proxy, you'll need to make sure you can communicate RTMP (instead of HTTP or HTTPS). Feel free to contact us if you're in need of other details.

Can I delete student response?

You can delete published assignments and classes, but we don't yet offer a way for educators to delete individual students accounts. Sorry for the limitation.

What if I have a question that isn't answered here?

Don't hesitate to contact us.