italki 2017 Diversity Language Challenge Official Rules and FAQs

2017 Diversity Language Challenge Official Rules and FAQs

CHALLENGE #1: (Learning Challenge) Take 12, 16, 19, or 20 hours of lessons
Qualifying Lessons: Any italki lesson with any italki teacher for any language taken between the start and end dates.

CHALLENGE #2: (Diversity Challenge) Take one hour of a "featured" language
Qualifying Sessions: Any italki lesson with any italki teacher in a language on our list of "featured" world traditions between the start and end dates.

OFFICIAL START DATE: July 1, 2017
OFFICIAL END DATE: July 31, 2017

REGISTRATION BEGINS: June 1, 2017
REGISTRATION CLOSES: June 30, 2017

SIGN-UP FEE: FREE

REWARDS for completed challenge: 

For completing Challenge #1: Earn a profile badge that displays your learning commitment and victory!

For completing Challenge #2: italki will donate all profits from your first hour of this language to Wikitongues.org, an organization dedicated to documenting and preserving all the languages in the world.

For completing BOTH Challenge #1 and #2: Earn a second, special profile badge distinguishing you as a language conservationist when you complete one hour in a language from a selected list of world traditions. This list will be made available and updated during the Language Challenge.

The real prize is that you will have improved your language skills, developed some good study habits, and explored at least one more of the thousands of languages in the world! You might surprise yourself! Nothing beats learning and winning at the same time!

What do I do?

1. SIGN UP (it's FREE)
Join the challenge for free and start the year speaking a foreign language!

2. TAKE LESSONS!
You can take any kind of lesson in any language from any teacher! Lessons can be any length (1 hour, 45-minute, 30-minutes, etc) as long as the total number of hours add up to the Challenge goal and are taken before the end date of the Challenge.

Pro tip: booking a package and scheduling your sessions in advance is a winning strategy! Talk with your teacher to make a plan.

3. WIN REWARDS
There are multiple prizes waiting for you, and we will honor your efforts to explore a new language from our selected list with a donation to Wikitongues. Nothing beats learning and winning at the same time, and you'll be helping preserve the world's languages as well!

Why should I take the Challenge?
If you’ve been thinking you should really practice more, but haven’t really gotten around to it, here’s your chance! The deadline is your friend! Previous Challenges have proven to help language learners to get started and get into a habit of learning. It has helped their motivation by setting a clear goal they need to meet and study habits they need to commit to.

Where can I sign up for free?
Click here for the italki Language Challenge Official Page!

What are the rewards?
We are giving out multiple rewards for reaching different language learning goals. The more you learn, the more rewards you can earn.

Challenge #1: Earn a profile badge that displays your learning commitment and victory!

Challenge #2: italki will donate all profits from your first hour of this language to Wikitongues.org, an organization dedicated to documenting and preserving all the languages in the world.

BOTH Challenge #1 and #2: Earn a second, special profile badge distinguishing you as a language conservationist when you complete one hour in a language from a selected list of world traditions. This list will be made available and updated during the Language Challenge.

The real prize is that you will have improved your language skills, developed some good study habits, and explored at least one more of the thousands of languages in the world! You might surprise yourself! Nothing beats learning and winning at the same time!

 

Do I have to pay for the lessons I take?
Yes. italki lessons must be paid for by the Challenger as normal.

When will you start counting the lessons I take?
So long as you sign-up within the registration time period, we will count all your lessons taken from the Challenge start date to the end date (inclusive). But, we do recommend that you meet with or choose your teacher(s) BEFORE the Challenge start date. That way, when the challenge officially begins, you’ll already be ready to go!

Do I have to take the lessons on italki?
Yes. Otherwise, it will be very hard for us to know about them! All lessons must be scheduled and paid for through italki.

Do lessons in a Package count?
Of course! We actually recommend that you buy packages for the Challenge as you can set your Challenge schedule ahead of time. Multiple italki employees have used this strategy to make time for classes despite a busy schedule, and it's also a better deal as most teachers offer discounts for packages!

Go here to manage your packages: http://www.italki.com/sessions/packages Click on the package you want to manage and scroll down to see and schedule the individual sessions.

Can I take lessons with more than one Professional Teacher or Community Tutor?
Absolutely! You can take lessons from any of our Professional Teachers or Community Tutors. They all count!

If you aren’t sure which teacher you want to work with yet, go here to search: Search for a Teacher: http://www.italki.com/teachers

Can I take Instant Tutoring lessons?
Yes. Instant Tutoring lessons count, too! Some Challengers use Instant Tutoring to make up for lessons that they might have to miss for some other reason.

What about Informal Tutoring or Professional Lessons, do they count?
Yes! Yes, they all count! The important thing is, does your time add up to the Challenge goal?

Can I learn more than one language during the Challenge?
Yes. We've had many Challengers that are trying to improve 2, even 3 different languages during past Challenges. While we ourselves do not know how these Challengers can do this, if you are brave enough to learn more than one new language during the Challenge, go for it! All language lessons count!

Can I take the Challenge for a language I'm already learning? Does it have to be a completely new language?
Of course you can! The whole purpose of the Challenge is to improve your language ability for any language. You might be an intermediate (B1 or B2) level speaker, basic (A1 or A2) speaker or someone completely new to the language. Whatever your level now, the Challenge is a great way to get started on your next language goal! I'm taking the Challenge and want to keep track of the sessions I've taken.

Where can I see this information?
For your own records, you'll need to keep track of the number of sessions you've taken yourself. Simply go to your Session History and count up your total session time. As long as the total amount of hours equals or exceeds the Challenge goal, then you have completed the Challenge!

Check your lesson and calendar details: https://www.italki.com/lessons/calendar

Language challenge updates: https://www.italki.com/languagechallenge

Can I join the Challenge after the official start date?

Sorry, once the Challenge begins, registration will close. Registration is free, so go ahead and sign up now!

What time zone are you using as the start and stop time for the challenge? Exactly what date and time does the Challenge begin and end?
We understand that our Challengers come from all over the world and for that reason, every time zone will count as the start time/date and end time/date. So, we’ll be flexible and consider that if it is between the start and end dates in ANY timezone, then it still counts!

When will I receive my rewards after I complete the Challenge?
The system is not automatic. We calculate all the results of the language challenge after the Challenge ends, which also allows time for everyone to confirm that their lessons have been completed. Near the end of the Challenge time period, you will receive an email letting you know when we plan announce the results.

This is AWESOME! Tell me more! What else can I do?
Whether or not you take part in this Challenge, here’s how you can be involved! Encourage the Challengers if you know or meet anyone who is doing the italki Language Challenge, tell them they’re awesome for working hard towards their next goal! It is not easy, and with friends, it’s much more fun!

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