How does the incubator work?
Dear all, I am an English Teacher at university in thailand and I am having a great time learning languages with Duolingo.I would like to get my university students involved with an incubator teaching English for Thai speaker as a project for them to learn English and get engaged with a real life application of their English skills. Can someone explain the process involved in the incubator?
Duolingo courses are made by bilinguals (people already fluent in both languages), so if you know any, send them here http://incubator.duolingo.com/apply and tell them to select "English" from the first drop-down list (or whichever of those six languages they want to teach) and in the second list select "Enter Other" and then type in "Thai".
Is there anyone who actually knows how it works? You need time on your hands. Ok we have that... Time to do what? Please only answer if you really know and have been involved in the incubator. Thanks
in addition to that, and as mentioned above, moderators/contributors need to be fluent in both languages, so it is not a good idea that your students apply. It should be rather you and/or your colleagues. Once you complete the course, your students can help a lot by testing and reporting the missing alternatives (no matter how good you are there will be a lot of missing things).
Basically, we have a skill tree in English (at the moment it is same for English for X speakers courses). Then, as you see in the screenshot given in stecchetto's comment, you need to give hints for all words, and translate the sentence to your language, including as many alternatives as possible. You choose the best translation, and you translate this back to English, including again as many alternatives as possible, and giving hints for all the words.
In addition, you also translate the whole interface to your language.
Hello, here's how it works:
People who can speak both the language they want to teach and the one they want to teach to apply at incubator.duolingo.com.
If accepted, they build the course.
They receive feedback.
The course is finished.
Salutati, celle est coma celle marchu:
Populi quo peu parlu mema u lingue quo leci voulu ad transmiteu et u une quo leci voulu ad transmiteu-ad appliqu ad incubator.duolingo.com.
Si leci est accepta, leci constructu u course.
Leci recivu opinioni.
U course est finacudua.
Thanks 856pm. I guess my question is too broad. Ok. What do the people do to build the course?
You need to be proficient in both languages and have some time on your hands. :-) You translate words and write sentences.
Ve deu ad est proficienta in mema lingui et havu desa tempi cuma ve. :-) Ve traducu moti et escrivu sentenci.
Thanks Steccheto. Again, once my students have been accepted what do they do to build the course?
Unless they're already fluent they probably won't be accepted. It would be better to tell your friends and co-workers who already speak both Thai and English to apply. Once they've created the course then your students can use it. The course probably won't be finished for several months, though.
This is what the Incubator looks like inside: http://i.imgur.com/L6z3S9I.png. Basically, the course contributors have to provide all possible translations (or at least as many as they can think of) for each sentence the course teaches, in both language directions. It's a lot of work, but contributors generally work in groups of around 4-6, and that number may be expanded soon. The courses that have been completed so far have taken about two months to create.
Thanks a lot Steccheto for your very thorough answer. Long live the duolingo community!
None of us personally are involved in the building of courses. Go check out incubator.duolingo.com, click a course, and you'll see the contributors. You will be sent to their profile. You can write a message in their stream asking about it... that's about all I can help you.
(Also, tip: click the reply button to the person you want to reply to's post so that they are notified.)