making own-built duolingo lessons for the class?
Hello dear Luis, hello Duolingo staff, I am using your precious work here since some years, and I have to say I am happy with it. Since then, I have learned some French, from which I had absolutely no knowledge before, resurrected some old school Russian in my head and so on. I am lucky about knowing English on a level so that I can use most of the courses here. You do a great job here, congratulations!
I am a teacher of German in real life, and it would be often useful to use some lessions of Duolingo in the class, but the trouble is, that my pupils have Hungarian mother tongue and are therefore unable to make use of some good German lessions I could show them for exercising. As time goes on, I see newer courses newly built by volunteers, but no one builds for example a German course for Hungarians. I applied myself to help build one, but it did not started. It is understandable because of the low number of Hungarians in the world... but there is a Klingon course, too, for example... with some lower number of potential users, I think. My Idea would be... if possible, you could perhaps make a course building tool just for teachers, so for example people in the schools could build some exercises usable for their work with the students, it could be perhaps also useful for your work in building the "serious" courses here, if you build the things built by teachers into your courses later. I am sorry for my not-so-perfect English, I hardly ever use it these days for communication, but I hope it was understandable.
Thank you folks, and go on with the great work on Duolingo. I love it!
The problem with your idea is that it would cause Duolingo to lose any Quality control and quality assurance.over the user produced lessons (and where would you fit these groups of lessons? Would they be tagged on to a German for English speakers course or just float about somewhere?
okay, surely it will be less quality-controlled if, for example, would I make some special lessons for my pupils. But it could be published on another platform first, not immediately in duolingo's precious lessons.
Perhaps you could make some lessons in the discussions as some other people have done.
http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/User-created_lessons http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/User-created_vocabulary_lists Some of the vocabulary lists are multi-lingual and you could also add to that. They will add a link to your page if it corresponds to the same vocabulary.
Also don't give up on creating an entire course, they can only do so many courses at a time. As some are finished, new courses will start to be created. They do need more than one person to apply to create a course, so be sure to have other people, who can do it, also apply. Have all your students also request the new course through a discussion page that can be added to this list. Hopefully, other people will also add themselves to that request discussion. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15014194
I guess u need to change the forum page to educators forum page. Duolingo forum is not the right place to post this discussion. Thank you!
Does anyone ever request a language without throwing the conlangs under the bus?
Well, no one would throw anything under the bus :-D but this would be perhaps useful for languages being too small to make a course for them.
its overall a kinda good idea, but wouldn't it make duolingo loose quality, because its like going to a public school and teaching classes to people in the lunchroom... see? it doesn't make sense...
well, I did not think of lunchroom teaching because it is too loud there :-) it was meant to do something usable in class while there is still no "official" duolingo course for that pair of language.