World Languages

Conlangs: Languages for Worldbuilding and More! - Course 2 of 3 (16 weeks)

In this 16-week intermediate course, students will explore the basic linguistic considerations for Conlang development, evaluate real-world Conlangs with practical examples, utilize Conlang resources, and start to create a Conlang.
Andrea Bourne, MAT, EdS, ABD
291 total reviews for this teacher
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25 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 16 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Schedule of Topics:	

Week 1 - IPA and CXS - Ways to Describe Phonics
Week 2 - Phonetic Inventory
Week 3 - Phonological Rules
Week 4 - Conlanger's Challenge!
Week 5 - All about Morphemes
Week 6 - Language Cases
Week 7 - Morphology, Case, and Word Order
Week 8 - Conlanger's Challenge!
Week 9 - Transitivity
Week 10 - Agreement
Week 11 - All about Clauses
Week 12 - Conlanger's Challenge!
Week 13 - Syntax
Week 14 - Particles
Week 15 - Questions
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?"

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"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!" 
Activities outside of the live sessions are entirely optional, but resources and practice activities are provided for the serious student.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • other web resources
25 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
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Andrea Bourne, MAT, EdS, ABD
Lives in the United States
Life-Long Learner and Teacher, Polyglot, Statistician, and Musician who LOVES teaching students online!
291 total reviews
339 completed classes

About Me

*I generally teach classes that last 8, 10, 12, or 16 weeks. The next live classes start in June 2022. See the schedule at the bottom of the page by selecting the month of June 2022 to explore new course sections. Thank you!*


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