https://www.duolingo.com/alexwgold

Good pacing for a classroom setting?

Hey all,

I'm a new Spanish teacher looking to bring a class of high schoolers (roughly 15 of them) through Duolingo.

If any of you have experience in this regard, how quickly should I expect to move through? I assume I'd aim to do each individual section ("Basics 1," "Phrases," "Basics 2," etc.) in a certain amount of time, but just curious if anyone's got advice in this regard.

We'll be meeting 5 days a week, 47 minutes each. My basic goal is to use Duolingo as homework and then classroom time to actually practice what they learned the night before.

Thanks! Alex

July 2, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Hi Alex,
If you'll do a few lessons and level up to level 2, then you'll have access to forums other than "Troubleshooting". Then you can edit this post (please don't create a new one) and change the topic from "Troubleshooting" to "Educators". Then fellow teachers will see your post. Buena suerte!

July 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/alexwgold

Ah, thanks!

July 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/alexwgold

It appears that there are 317 lessons in the Spanish tree - with 175 days of class in the year, I'm split between trying to do the whole thing in a year (2 lessons per school day) or just the first half (1 lesson per school day). I'm guessing the latter would be wiser, but I'd love feedback on this.

July 3, 2016

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Hi Alex! I would not recommend teaching all of Duolingo's content to one large group in one go, as all students learn at different paces, and the beauty of Duolingo is that it allows everyone to practice difficult concepts over and over again, as if they were working with a private tutor. Some teachers do not even require all students to be on the same skill on Duolingo (which is why we made XP assignments an option). We realize that not all teachers can do that, and if that is your case and you have to all go through everything together at the same time, rushing should definitely be avoided as it affects results. I don't know your teaching reality, but I would not worry too much about rushing through if your goal is to encourage a love for the language in your students. :) Out of the two scenarios, I would go for the latter as well, but adapting to what you feel your students are doing (if they're doing well, push a little more, if they are struggling, don't be afraid to slow down, repeat and not reach the number). Duolingo's course "trees" are always evolving, and sometimes we put a new lesson or skill in there and that could throw the numbers off a bit. Happy teaching and we hope to hear how it goes!

July 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/beyoncestan

maybe it'd depend on what spanish courses you teach. like if you teach first year spanish maybe only the first half but if you teach more advanced spanish then maybe the second half. idk?

July 5, 2016
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