Folder Setup

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This page explains how to set up the folders on your computer that you'll use to create and publish lessons for Language Mentor. We suggest a specific folder hierarchy and specific folder names. You don't need to follow these suggestions, but be aware that all the instructions and explanations that follow assume that your folders are arranged and named as suggested here. So, if you use your own scheme, you'll need to do a bit of mental translation.

Windows Explorer Settings

Before we start, let's make sure that Windows Explorer is displaying file name extensions (for example, the "txt" in "fileName.txt"). While this doesn't become important until later Creating Lessons pages, this is a convenient time to do this.

Also, if you are a Mac or Linux user, yes, these instruction assume that our readers are Windows users. You'll need to do a bit of translation.

Select Tools, then Folder Options.

In the View tab ensure that the "Hide extensions for known file types" checkbox is deselected, then click OK.

The main Language Mentor folder

Create a "Language Mentor" folder for all your Language Mentor stuff. You don't have to use this name - call the folder whatever you like. But be sure to locate the folder in a place where it will be included in your regular backups. For example, you could put it in your My Documents folder.

Lesson Development and Publish Staging folders

Within this folder create two folders with these names:

  • Lesson Development
  • Publish Staging


If you have questions about the lesson creation process, please contact us on our Creating Lessons forum. We're here to help.

What's Next?

You'll create and edit lessons in the Lesson Development folder. When the lessons are ready to publish you'll put them into the Publish Staging folder, then copy them from that folder to a folder on your server.

The next step in this process is to create a "lesson folder" and a "lesson XML file".

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