Moodle “Force Language” Feature

While working with a Spanish teacher on Moodle, I discovered a most useful feature. Force Language allows the teacher to require a Moodle language pack when in her course. The option is located near the bottom of the settings page for that course. Even if the student has set his language preference to English, Moodle will automatically change the interface to Spanish when he enters this teacher’s Moodle course. This is fantastic, because it supports foreign language immersion and presents new vocabulary within the buttons and links. In other web applications such as YaBB and phpBB, the language choice only applies to the entire application, not just a specific forum or category. I had to hack the script or find a workaround in order to force another language in these environments. Kudos to Moodle for recognizing the need and coming up with such an elegant, effective feature.

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