Multilingual Classroom - ESL

I am an ESL teacher, and like most ESL teachers in the U.S. I have many students who speak many different languages. Maybe 3-4 of them speak the same language. But, some of their languages don't appear on Duolingo yet (Burmese, Thai, ect). I would just like them to practice English using Duolingo but I can't set their language to English without giving their first language (which again isn't listed). Is there ANY way I can just let them practice using English only? I'm feeling very frustrated using this site with these particular students even though I LOVE duolingo for all of my other students!

Also, can I add students to an existing class? This function doesn't seem to exist, at least not very obviously.

Need help!

October 24, 2016

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Yes, you are correct, we do not have those courses yet on Duolingo.

Have you checked out other resources on the internet ? has some great courses


also ( in the initial lessons - they are free - and there are also extensive public available libraries of cards on BYKI - that are also free. ) I like BYKI - as it is not just a flash card on computer. It also has other games you can play with the cards, and integrates sound and picture and also - hints - on the cards !
With BYKI - I have an account to set up cards. Though ANKI is totally free. Anyway - if I find time and can help you, feel free to ask me, and I will do what I can.

I am sure there are other resources as well.

Please feel free to ask questions, and give me more information, and if I can find you better solutions, I am happy to point them out.

October 25, 2016

It isn't just a matter of setting the base language and the target language. Each Duolingo course is built individually. At the moment Duolingo are focusing on building courses teaching English from various language, so in the long term there are likely to be more and more courses that might suit your students. In the short term, though, some of your students are out of luck, where Duolingo is concerned :(

To add students to an existing class, click on your class, and then click the orange invite students button in the top right hand corner. Then click share classroom link. It will give you a code, which you can give to your student. They'll need to enter that code into the progress sharing section of their settings.

October 25, 2016

Thank you both! This was extremely helpful. Lindakanga, thank you for those sites, I will definitely be checking those out! I teach an adult ESL class with various languages and ability levels, so I've found it difficult to find an age appropriate online program. Once I remembered Duolingo, I thought it was perfect (which it is). I appreciate you're willingness to help :)

October 25, 2016
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