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Can I use duo lingo with first graders? They do not have email addresses, but they could learn a language so much faster than I do!!

September 19, 2015



They're young enough to pick up a second language as a second native language of theirs! :D

Duolingo is good for older kids and adults to learn another language, but is not good enough for a small child to become a native speaker.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/10568531 includes a list of tips on how to raise a bilingual child, and some of these tips can be done in classrooms as well as at home. :) It also has a link to http://www.lazymomsblog.com/2014/05/12/how-to-raise-a-bilingual-child/

At https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9629453 a parent asked about using Duolingo to teach a 5-year-old Spanish, and some of the comments (especially from beadspitter!) are about other methods to help a 5-year-old become a native speaker of Spanish better than Duolingo can.

Note that the immersion mentioned in those comments isn't the same thing as the translating-articles section of this website that Duolingo misleadingly calls "immersion". Here's a better description of what immersion means in the context of language learning: http://www.carla.umn.edu/immersion/faqs.html

To immerse your students in Spanish, you would teach your whole class in Spanish - taking attendance in Spanish, teaching them first grade math in Spanish, teaching them first grade geography in Spanish, really teaching them everything except reading and writing English in Spanish.


Hello michellerkerns! Sounds like a great idea. 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: If you use gmail, 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! =]

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