A step by step description of

how a Levelty course is created

The new intermediate level Levelty course is under way, the work process has begun. Would you like to know how it is made? How we decide what the story will be? Or how we agree on the grammar items to teach? Join me in this step-by-step description.

This is a real-time report, so come back again and again to see where we are in the process.

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Planning the course

Approx. 1 month

The very first step is planning. What do we plan?

1. We choose the topic of the story that the course will be built on. In this new course, the story will be from the world of work. Do you know why? Because we asked you in a questionnaire about your purpose of learning English. Many of you answered: “Because I need English for my job.”

2. The storyline is also decided. OK, the story will be set in the world of work. But it must be exciting, too! We need to keep you motivated throughout this Levelty course, so an exciting world needs to be created with lifelike characters, who love, hate and have many probems. It’s too early to tell you much about the storyline of the new course, but I can tell you one little secret: it is set in the near future, when the weather is controlled…

3. There is one more important thing that we agree on at the very beginning of the process: the level of the story and what grammar items we want to teach you. This new course will be at level B2, and has a very special concept as for grammar. We will show you not only separate grammar items but also a wider view of the system of the English language. Most coursebooks do not have this.

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Planning the story in detail

Approx. 1 month

The next step is to plan the story in detail. It’s important that a Levelty story be fun to read, we want you to have a flow experience while reading it. This is where the process starts to get complicated. There are so many things that a writer must decide:

1. Who will be the narrator of the story? The main character, who will tell the story from his point of view in first person singular? An outsider who knows all the characters equally? A person from the story or outside the story who knows the protagonist well but the others only a little?

2. What’s the perspective of the story? Is it through the glasses of the main character? Or the antagonist? Or the narrator? Just think about it. The story of Snow White must sound very different from the point of view of the stepsisters – or the prince. 

3. It’s also important to determine the style, how the story is told. A novel is a long story, where many characters speak and there are lots of types of settings, so there must be a little variation in the style. However, the basic voice needs to be consistent. That helps create a world you can see in front of your mind’s eye.

Will it be ironic, romantic, philosophical? Casual or formal? Or will it be a healthy (or weird) mix of these? 

And what will the style of the main characters be?

4. The outline of the story is another thing that must be set in this phase. This is called the synopsys. If somebody reads the synopsys, they should know what the story is about, what the characters are like, and what the genre of the story is.

Can you see how complex it is just to start the writing process? But it’s worth the time and effort as this phase will keep you in front of the book and make you want to learn English. 🙂

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to be continued...

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