Using Duolingo to teach ESL students English
I have students from multiple languages that I do not speak. I want to have one class that can serve multiple languages and that allows me to understand what they are struggling with on their screen. Is this the right program for my classroom challenge. I have one student who speaks Turkish and Farsi, and other's who speak Spanish. I also have tried to give them assignments but they are not receiving them.
Thank you, Kathryn from Austin
I have the same type of situation in my room; in one of my ELD groups I have two students that are Spanish speakers and another that speaks Portuguese. For my own peace of mind, I just created a separate classroom for my students that don't speak Spanish. That way, I can make sure that all of his tabs on his screen and the directions for him are also all in Portuguese. I'm not sure if the no specific language is an easier way to do this but having the separate classrooms has been working just fine for me.
My struggle is that my students come from Spanish speaking homes but they themselves do not have this as a strong first language either. Thus, these students would benefit from learning English but having the site in English as well. How do I do this? As of now, it seems the only option is to either select English as the learning language and select Spanish as the site language or select no specific language course. Please help, I have been trying for days!
Howdy. Posted this to another discussion on the same topic, but I'll post it here, too. I'd like to confirm the reports by KVMunoz and threebythebee — the no specific language feature does seem to be broken:
When using Safari, I am able to select "No specific language" from the above-mentioned drop down, but saving changes changes nothing. The language my students speak is still set to Spanish.
When using Chrome, however, "No specific language" is not an option in the above-mentioned drop down.
I am filing a bug report as well, of course.
I replied to your other post: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/17738179$comment_id=18064060
My students are from China and I have them set up to use Duolingo in Chinese. The problem I'm running into is that Duolingo frequently gives them a phrase in English and asks them to type the translation in Chinese. We are using English keyboards, and neither they nor I know how to set up Chinese characters for them. Does anyone know how to get Chinese characters, or failing that, how to turn that type of question off on the app? Thanks!
Ah, ok. I hadn't realised you'd set up the accounts yourself. They will default to whatever base language you had at the time you created the account.
They can change it by going to the Add a new course page, which they can find by holding the mouse over the flag at the top of their screen, and clicking "add a new course". At the top right, there's a button labelled "I speak..."