https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thonkthonk

Duolingo in the Classroom

Duolingo is undoubtedly the best language learning software I have ever seen, and so I decided to write about how it's used at my school. My Spanish teacher told my class about Duolingo last year when I was in fifth grade, and this year my school made a whole Duolingo class! We do Duolingo for 40 minutes (80-100 XP) and answer a Spanish writing prompt for twenty minutes. It's really amazing that most kids in my grade actually do Duolingo, (besides a few) and many have high levels (smart_Dumbo 5643, Panypan) and high XP. I hope the school adds it for French next year!

January 29, 2014

35 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/curlyeric

I am trying to get my daughter and neighbors using Duolingo in preparation for the classroom. Duo represents (almost*) everything that is good about self-directed learning tools, and we should be taking advantage of it where ever possible. It's not a replacement for traditional teaching, but could be so valuable as an adjunct.

I will try and advocate when my daughter actually starts classes ( they don't start until 6th grade ~11-12yo ) and even then I have no idea if they have the flexibility to add something like Duo.

  • Would be great if the teacher could add skills to the tree to directly augment what is being taught in the classroom.
January 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jitengore

I had read that middle school is probably too late for introducing a new language. Languages are learned more naturally starting around preschool. I grew up in India, which is home to hundreds of languages. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers_in_India

After moving to to a non Hindi speaking belt - Bangalore (Southern India), I saw pre-schoolers picking up three to four languages at ease in a very natural way. I lived in a multi-lingual neighborhood and observed that the children instinctively knew which language of their repertoire to use when visiting certain neighbor's home.

All the same, it is never too late. It is very encouraging that you are motivating your daughter and others to start learning a new language. From my limited experience, I can say that learning a new language opens your mind to newer cultures, which no longer seem remote, exotic or foreign. If the denizens of the world spoke multiple languages, the world would be a very different place. Kudos to Duolingo for helping the world take these small baby steps!

January 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/curlyeric

I am a firm believer that children and adults learn differently, both have advantages. While accents are the hardest to change with time, adults can learn very efficiently if they have the motivation because we can absorb the rules ( grammar ) in a more efficient way.

For years I didn't think I had the aptitude for languages, in reality I didn't have the attitude.

January 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thonkthonk

I started learning Spanish in 1st grade, but most of my progress occurred in middle school, mostly because of Duolingo.

January 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kingthatcher

That is a myth that it is too late. Anyone can learn a new language if they try.

May 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/basithardimasqi

I used to wonder how people in India communicate with each other 'cause they have so many different languages. But when I'm older I realized I was born bilingual and raised in a multilingual family and neighborhood. My dad can speak in two accents and my family from my mom's side can speak up to three languages. Now I know how it all works.

I started learning English seriously at 9th grade, though I've been taught English since 1st grade. I just didn't have any interest in learning. But I don't think it's wise to force kids to learn something they don't want to.

January 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeMaitre

Do you know Kannada then, since you live in Bangalore? I too live in Karnataka.

January 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jitengore

ಹೌದು, ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಬರತ್ತೆ (Please feel free to correct.)

  1. I am very rusty with Kannada. (I moved to the US quite a while ago.)
  2. I did not work a lot on the script. (btw, I really like the roundness of its characters.)

Good to hear from you, LeMaitre!

p.s. Here's something about learning a new language that surprised me initially. I am wondering if other duolingers too experience it. Kannada was my first acquired language skill as an adult. So when I began learning Japanese and Spanish in later life, whenever I needed to come up with a foreign language expression in a split second, the first words that popped out in my head were from Kannada - my first foreign language, if I may call so. This happens even now :)

January 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeMaitre

ನಾನು ತುಂಬಾ ಸಂತೋಷವಾಗಿದೆ. I myself can't speak very fluent Kannada, cos I don't speak it at home. I've not had much exposure while I was smaller either. But now I'm trying to improve my Kannada. I have Kannada as a subject in school, so that's helping me. Anyway nice to hear from you too, jitengore!

P.S. - By the way, through what are you learning Japanese? Cos I'm really interested in learning it. I've learnt to read just a little Katakana and Hiragana through Memrise.

January 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jitengore

I used Pimsleur CDs and the set of "Japanese for Busy People" series of books for preparing for Japanese Language Proficiency Test - JPLT Level N5 (beginner). https://www.jlpt.jp/e/

In the US this test is offered only once a year in December. In India and other countries it is offered twice each year, July and December.

Having cleared N5 (~ 100 kanji), I would like to attempt N4 (~ 250 kanji) and I am thinking that Duolingo's Japanese lessons and/or immersion might be a good start. Looking forward to it!

January 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Royaldeedee

It's never too late but it is more difficult after a certain age. There are programs for which the objective is to teach a new language (ex. French, Spanish, Mandarin) following a more natural progression meaning, the initial focus is on oral comprehension and usage, followed by basic introductions to word recognition, reading then finally, writing. The program is called AIM and I use it in my core french classes. Another important part of the program is the gestures used when teaching the vocabulary and oral usage of the language. For kinesthetic and visual learners it really helps them when recalling words. It is also encouraged to teach your classes in the language being taught; so I only speak in french to my students. Over time and with the assistance of the gestures the students' ears become tuned to the language and slowly I stop using the gestures. Anyway, if you're interested you can do more research on your own but I highly recommend it. AIM language learning is the name of the program.

Good luck!

November 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karanistik

Well...In Turkey schools are not so advanced so We can't use Duo.I can only use Duo at home alone and due to hardness of schools in Turkey It's really hard to us duo.Here's a lingot for you

January 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/I.m.Geniza

It is very nice though that you are still learning a language! Keep it up! Here is one for you too

January 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karanistik

Plus I need to learn English to learn German I hardly manage to learn English to be a good at it.I hate the Turkey's education system think about it My friends always ask me their questions in English(not the english teacher).Probably most of them gonna forget English

January 30, 2014

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    What a great way to use Duolingo! I bet more schools will follow in the future.

    January 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/._Rae_Bae_.

    I like Duolingo. I wanted to get better at spanish, so I asked my teacher what to do to get better. He recommended an app called Duolingo. I had never heard of it, an now I am glad I have, because I am ahead of my classmates, and caan have a short conversation in spanish with my teacher. Duoling is fun too!

    January 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jitengore

    Cool! I will share this with more school folks.

    January 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/livsoccer02

    I am homeschooled and my sister does it too!

    January 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kijbob

    I'm doing a dissertation on the use of technology in education. I'm fascinated that your school encourages programs like duo! I think I would have got a lot further when I was learning spanish in middle school had something like it been around.

    January 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/I.m.Geniza

    That's cool! My school too! It really is revolutionary and undoubtedly the best and easiest way to learn a new language.

    January 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SenoraTraub

    Hola! I am a teacher and my school is thinking about adding a Duolingo class. Can you share with me some more information about your school and the Duolingo class? What school do you go to and do you think I would be able to contact them to learn more? Thanks so much!

    October 14, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SrPerez504

    About to introduce to my HS students. Do you suggest i do as an assignment, extra credit, or participation?

    September 23, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/curlyeric

    Why not just leave it as a class competition and tailor the exams to give extra credit to people that have obviously learned the extra vocab. I don't know if you want to go completely flipped classroom where they do duo at home and spend class speaking in the language.

    September 23, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SrPerez504

    Is there a teacher guide for duolinog? I would like to incorporate in lessons but not take away completely from them

    September 23, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweetkaty21

    These days with duolingo has been amazing yet educational. This app has grabbed my attention, and many others will be interested. I hope others in the world that are struggling at a language hopefully one day find this incredible app.

    September 26, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mary_lail

    My students have been using Duolingo Classroom this year, but this week they are not able to get logged on. Anyone else having issues? How do I remedy this problem?

    October 6, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/curlyeric

    Working fine for me, I would check with your school IT to make sure it's not been blocked somehow.

    October 7, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mary_lail

    I can get in, so I'm thinking it's not blocked. They are navigating through a link on Google Classroom. It might be possible that the link no longer works, but that doesn't make sense. Is it possible for a student to be logged in on two different computers?

    Thank you so much for your help. (One of my problems is because I am an ESL teacher, the students home language is what is displayed on the screen. Since I don't speak their languages, it makes it difficult to know which item to click and mine doesn't have the same options.) Is there anywhere in "Help" that would show me the order of the choices in the drop-down menu?

    October 7, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/curlyeric

    Yes, a student can be logged into their account from more than one place.

    I don't know about the other issues, maybe try and write down the list order under your own account since they should be the same order.

    October 7, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mary_lail

    Does anyone know how to change settings to include a microphone, if you originally set it up to not allow?

    October 6, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/curlyeric

    Upper right (dropdown menu username)->settings->microphone

    October 7, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mary_lail

    If a student didn't originally share results with the teacher, how can this be changed? Or, can it?

    October 6, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/curlyeric

    Upper right (dropdown menu username)->settings->[on the right]Progress Sharing->Join classroom

    October 7, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MikaylaNicole7

    Cool.....

    December 7, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MettaandLove

    You write with perfect English for a 12 year old (at the time). I hope you continue your studies, as you seem like a very bright person. Good luck in life!

    October 27, 2018
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