I was wondering if there is any possibility, or future possibility, to create user groups such as those on Quizlet? I have just introduced about 170 of my students to Duo: it is their homework to create an account and get through level one over the weekend. It would be great if I could see them grouped as classes or at least as a school.
Glad to hear that Kristine! <3 I hope it will be possible to form them with people who already have accounts, because I'm sure the kids won't want to start from zero if they've already collected lingots, skill points, and so on. It looks like a lot of people will appreciate this new development. Thank you so much!
Yes, this will help sift through the discussions and create something similar to chatrooms. I believe new groups may perhaps be created for people to discuss a variety of topics on language learning. It will also make it less cumbersome to have mountains of friends because currently we'll receive a lot of updates on our stream if we just add them.
"Soon" is a concept that differs between different cultures. This reminds me of a joke:
Man: "God, how much time is a million years?" God: "For me, it's about one minute." Man: "God, how much is a million dollars?" God: "For me, it is one cent." Man: "God, could you give me a cent?" God: "Wait a minute."
Once languages such as Arabic, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, etc are finished, Duolingo would be great to use for a beginner ESL class. Right now, it's still seems better suited for middle/high school foreign language classes for English speakers. I'm excited about the potential though!
See, the thing about that is, it's even BETTER for more advanced students! One of the issues my students tend to have is that they stop using the correct tenses out of habit, even though they 'know' what they 'should' be doing. To be honest, I was the same in French. The way duo works is really good for reinforcing the need to use correct grammar every single time.
I teach in Australia, but I've taught in Canada and Japan as well. In a lot of cases I'm seeing people who have otherwise very advanced skills who just stick with the present tense and drop 's' from the end of their verbs (i.e. she run). This is one of the first programs that seems to really encourage good grammar habits!