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Is there a way to setup a class without emails at all?

September 15, 2015



Hello JohnChance! Right now the students need to have their own accounts in order to be tracked by you. And to have an account, they need to sign up with an email address. We realize this a common issue for elementary teachers and there are ways some people have found to work around it.

Secret workaround:
You can create student accounts by adding a + symbol and characters after it, between your name and the @ symbol. For example, let's say you have a student called a student called Maria B. in your 2015 class. If you have/create a gmail account called myname@gmail.com, you can add her to your class by creating an account using the email address myname+mariab15@gmail.com

Advantages of doing it this way:
-Students can create accounts without having an email address
-Teacher gets all emails and notifications (however, students do not get reminders)
-Teacher can help students recover lost passwords
-Teachers can always pass student account to student/parents once they leave their class (pass on account to new email address)

We know this is not an ideal solution, but it might help teachers in your situation who want to use Duolingo as soon as possible. Good luck and let us know how it goes! =]


Hello and thank you so very much for Duolingo, it is great! I have an e-mail problem of a different kind. Two of my students are having trouble creating an account because it says that their e-mail address is already taken. It is possible that they had signed up incorrectly and somehow they are not showing up on my Duolingo class. I have all the rest of the students signed up fine except these two I mentioned. Is there any way to see if they already have an account?


Is there any way to see if they already have an account?

There is no (as far as I know) such option. And it makes sense: otherwise one could "track" people on Duo by knowing people's email address.
But if your students' email addresses are already used then they probably received emails on their email addresses in the past, so they should see in such emails which account is already using it (if they can't remember the account they created before with their email address). Then they just have to log into this account and then click on the link to enter your Duo classroom.

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