"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.
When the Turkish speakers are using Turkish, I can't understand their language. Level 15 just means that I have practised a lot on Duolingo. It doesn't mean that my competence is very high. Have you ever tried to get by in a foreign language using a phrase book? You painstakingly read out your question, and then the person drowns you in a flood of language that isn't written in the phrase book. That's what I feel like when I'm trying to read the posts on the facebook page. I haven't had any one-to-one conversations. I wouldn't know how to start. I've mostly been reading what's posted. There are some quite good conversations in English about English usage. The English learners are much more active than the Turkish learners, so there is certainly lots of English posted there. It would actually be very good for your student. It doesn't really work for me. The Turkish learners are mostly interested in language analysis rather than Turkish for communication, so I feel too embarrassed to try out actual communication on that page.
Thanks Nerida for that useful explanation. My student who wants to become a teacher has applied to join the Duolingo Turkish Learners group (not the other group as yet). It did not ask for any reason so I hope they do not reject him due to his name being Turkish. His next English speaking practice with me is Tuesday, so I hope we will be on Facebook to have a look at the end of the lesson at 1615 Turkish time. I will suggest he tries some simple Turkish conversation so if you or anyone else are available to chat we look forward to it.
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.