Updates and FAQs

GENERAL FAQs

How do I teach in spring 2021 and beyond?

  1. As of January 1, 2021, Smart Sparrow Companion Websites are no longer available for any of our textbook programs. New companion websites are coming soon, and will be hosted by Lingco. Instructors may sample the new companion websites now. The full websites will be available for fall 2021 course adoption. To sample the new Lingco websites, please select the appropriate button here on our “Companion Websites” page. 
  2. eBook Workbooks with all of the exercises from the websites are now available for purchase. They are not interactive but they are a way to continue to teach using the Comme on dit textbooks. eBook Answer Keys for the workbooks are available for purchase so students can check their own work. Both are available in ebook only and may be purchased on press.georgetown.edu or through VitalSource.com.
  3. eTextbooks are now available to rent or purchase through VitalSource.com. Please visit their website for more information on pricing and availability.

How do I request a digital exam or desk copy?

Instructors may request digital exam or desk copies of any of the products mentioned above by logging onto VitalSource.com, selecting “Faculty Sampling” in the upper right-hand corner, and selecting the desired products. When requesting the eTextbook, please select the version labeled “Digital Exam Copy,” which includes the answers to the textbook activities. Important note: Since access to the digital exam copies is email-specific, each instructor must request their own copy of the text(s).

How do I request a print exam or desk copy?

Instructors may request print exam or desk copies of the textbooks on press.georgetown.edu. Please note that the Workbooks and Answer Keys are available in ebook format only.

What Comes Next?

New companion websites are coming soon, and will be hosted by Lingco. Instructors may sample the new companion websites now. The full websites will be available for fall 2021 course adoption. To sample the new Lingco websites, please select the appropriate button here on our “Companion Websites” page.

LINGCO COMPANION WEBSITE FAQs

What is Lingco, and what features do the Lingco companion websites offer to students and instructors?

Lingco Language Labs, or Lingco for short, offers a fully integrated set of interactive exercises with all multimedia materials and additional online course management and grading options for teachers.

Lingco provides students with a variety of exercises, many with instant feedback for students, including multiple choice, drag and drop, typing response, listening and recording activities It gives the instructors the ability to set deadlines, assign activities, and manually grade activities, monitor student and class progress, and create their own class activities within the Lingco platform. For more information, please visit the Lingco website.

How can I sample the new Lingo companion websites?

To sample the new Lingco websites, please select the appropriate button here on our “Companion Websites” page.

What content is included in the sample?

There are two sampling options.

(A) Instructors may view a sample chapter of a textbook, available immediately once you set up your free account with Lingco. This sample includes one chapter of each course in Lingco. The virtual classroom is populated with fake students to make the experience as realistic as possible for instructors. 

(B) Instructors may request the full demo–including all course content–which will be processed in 1-2 business days.

Please submit requests for chapter and full demos by visiting our “Companion Websites” page.

As an instructor, may I edit the demo course included in the sample?

You will not be able to edit the demo course included in this sample.

Do I need an instructor code to access the Lingco companion website?

You do not need a separate instructor’s code. To request access as an instructor, please use the appropriate button on the “Companion Website” access page.

What should I do if I am having trouble logging into Lingco?

If you have already set up your account with Lingco and are having any trouble logging in, please go to lingco.io and click “Forgot Password.”

If you have any questions, you are welcome to reach out to us: gupress@georgetown.edu.

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