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Conlangs: Languages for Worldbuilding and More! - Course 1 of 3 (16 weeks)

Andrea Bourne, MAT, EdS, ABD
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(302)
In this 16-week introductory course, students will discuss the world of constructed languages, consider who makes them and why, review common Conlangs, (e.g., Esperanto, Klingon, Dothraki, etc.), and start to invent a language from scratch.

Class experience

Schedule of Topics:	

Week 1 - What are Conlangs?
Week 2 - Who makes Conlangs and Why?
Week 3 - What are the types of Conlangs?
Week 4 - Conlanger's Challenge!
Week 5 - Historical and Literary Conlangs and Applications
Week 6 - Fantasy and Sci-fi Conlangs
Week 7 - World Building and Concultures
Week 8 - Conlanger's Challenge!
Week 9 - Auxiliary Languages
Week 10 - Engineered Languages
Week 11 - Computer Languages
Week 12 - Conlanger's Challenge!
Week 13 - Artistic Conlangs, Script Development, and Font Design
Week 14 - Considerations for Constructed Communication: Sounds
Week 15 - Considerations for Constructed Communication: Structure
Week 16 - Conlanger's Challenge!
As a fan of auxiliary languages used for practical purposes, computer languages for software development, natural languages as a language teacher, and fantasy and sci-fi fiction's many constructed languages as an avid reader, Conlanging is hugely appealing to me. 

I have been a foreign language and civics teacher and professor for more than 20 years and a life-long Mensa member. As a child, I led more than my fair share of secret clubs with secret writing growing up. As a mom, one of my standard tactics at keeping my children busy was developing secret codes on the fly while waiting for dinner or on long road trips. I took my first coding class in the 1980's in a fourth grade gifted course, and I have been coding ever since. (I am still friends with that teacher!) My husband and I own a software development business. And as a former college vice president of academic programming, (i.e., developing and updating degree programs), I worked on the first ever Cyber Security degree for a military college and supervised the development of the online courses to accompany it. Additionally, I attended meetings of the founding National Cyber Education Project Team working to align cyber standards nationally (U.S.) and also supporting the conversion of signals intelligence to cyber security expertise. Similarly, I have supervised and development many language courses throughout my career. I am excited to be able to offer a course in Conlanging. It is a highly desirable field and open up opportunities for creative and logical types to make their marks in industry, security, linguistics, computing, space exploration, film, literature, game design and so much more!

While I have designed this course to be a paced course, it offers flexibility to work at a learner's speed within the weeks to accommodate students' learning preferences and schedules.

See below for student responses to the question: "How did your teacher communicate with you and how frequently?"

(Note, student grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors are preserved.)

"My teacher talked to me often, she helped me alot [sic] through out this course. She would keep me updated, give me tips and helped me if i [sic] was stuck, she also would say good morning and things like that, i [sic] know its [sic] not relavant [sic] but i [sic] thought that was really nice."

"She would always end with have a good day and a lot of teachers don't do that."

"YES. She was great. Best teacher as far as communication that I have had while doing online classes."

"She sent us tips and tricks and responded on time to any questions or concerns."

"I would ask her questions about the guided practices and grading. She would update me on assignments I didn't finish."

"She went in depth to answer my questions in a timely manner, and never made me feel like the question was dumb to ask. she [sic] also reached out to me with things i [sic] could to to do better understand the lesson and help my grade."

"This was my first time taking an online course. I was really scared and worried it would be hard but it wasn't. i [sic] rarely ever had technical issues. My teacher helped me and explained every question i [sic] had. My teacher made sure i [sic] was always on task and assisted me with tasks i [sic] should complete. Overall my experience was great , and i [sic] would recommend this class."

"I was able to learn things that were supposed to be covered in [an earlier course] in school but my teacher didn't cover it well. The communication between the teacher and students was well oriented and it would be hard to misunderstand the messages she sends. I enjoyed this course!" 
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(302)
I am no longer teaching new classes on Outschool. Thank you for your interest!
Group Class


for 16 classes
1x per week, 16 weeks
25 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
Completed by 7 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 12-16
1-6 learners per class

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