"Duolingo Turkish-English exchange group" on Facebook - what is your experience of it?
I am not going to join the group myself (as I live in Turkey) and am mainly interested from the point of view of Turks learning English but I thought I would ask you guys first before asking on the "English for Turkish speakers" forum.
Should I recommend Turks to join it and if so what should they do to best interact with us Turkish learners?
I joined the group, but I find the conversations a bit high level for me. There is a lot of activity on that group. There are lots of Turkish people and it seems to be quite an interesting, supportive group. I would definitely recommend it to your adult students.
Do your students need to interact with Turkish learners? There is also the Duolingo Turkish Learners group, but it's not very active. If your students wrote very simple Turkish on that group page, they would probably get a response to their messages, and perhaps make some new friends. I know that I would love an opportunity to read easy messages and respond to them.
Ah that is interesting. So when you say the conversations are too high level (despite you being on level 15) do you mean written or spoken conversations or both? Were your conversations one-to-one and if so did you ask the other person to slow down or use more everyday phrases?
I am not surprised there are lots of Turkish people in the group but are there enough native English speakers for it to be useful for the Turkish speakers?
Did you want to practise speaking with someone from the group and if so how was your experience with that?
I did not know about the Duolingo Turkish Learners group. I will ask my student tomorrow whether he wants to try either group. Maybe helping out on the Turkish Learners group might help him appreciate some of the difficulties I am having teaching him English.
I can't comment on the experience of Turkish speakers, but as an English speaker, I really like the Turkish Team's conversation exchange group (the first of your links). Sometimes the Turkish conversations are over my head, but I can read most of them if I'm willing to slow down and look up words. It's a friendly, supportive environment, for the most part, and there are a lot of people there who are very knowledgeable about one or both of the languages.
I do have the impression that Turkish speakers in the group outnumber English speakers, so that may make it harder to find English-speaking conversation partners, but as I say, I haven't experienced the group from that side, so I'm not sure.