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New privacy setting for Schools/Clubs (updated)

Dear Duolingo for Schools teachers;

We now allow people to type freely in Clubs. We made this change for serious language learners who want to use Clubs in order to motivate each other and practice newly acquired language skills.

If you or your Duolingo students use Duolingo Clubs (mobile), this is a warning for you, please read:

EDIT (Updated with new information Oct 11th):

-We will, starting on October 11th 2017, allow disabling of Duolingo Clubs for all students in Duolingo for Schools classrooms.
- Duolingo for Schools teachers can change these settings by following the same instructions for turning forums on and off for students. Do this if you want to prevent your students from using Clubs.
- Are you a student in a Duolingo for Schools classroom? Check your status in your Progress Sharing settings here.
- Students can always leave a classroom by following these instructions. If a student leaves the classroom, the teacher will be notified via email.
- Students will still see the Clubs tab in their apps, but if they are blocked by the teacher from using Clubs, when they tap on it, they should get a warning message explaining their classroom has it disabled. The warning should appear in their own language.
- Before, it was intended to have them off by default, but it caused too much confusion, especially for mobile users who do not have access to these announcements. We will now instead allow it to be the teacher's choice and work on improving the surfacing of privacy options for teachers.

Duolingo Clubs are meant for language learners to motivate each other and practice their new language. Please be clear about your Club’s intentions and content in the title and description. Any user found breaking the Community Guidelines, even within a Club, could have their Club deleted and even their whole Duolingo account removed.

It is worth reminding everyone that the Club admin can kick out Club members at any time, and Club members can leave at any time.

This will be cross-posted in the Educator’s Forum, please direct people to one of the official posts for questions. Thank you all, and happy learning!

October 2, 2017



I love that the update allowed everyone to freely type, as long as it is appropriate. Anyone agree?


Yeah, do you have the app?


Yusssss, this is great - I agree! Tbh, I only joined a club recently so I had no idea about this but... HELL YES. Infierno Si! XD


Love it! Although it is rarely used in my clubs... I think because most people aren't fluent enough yet in those languages :D


Thanks for this cool update! Do you know if Clubs will be coming to desktop at all? And if so, when? (Sorry if I missed a discussion on this)


I created a test classroom. But I cannot delete it. Do you know how?

I also deleted a club, because it was too hard for me to monitor all clubs I was keeping. But what happened to this club code? Does it "live" for ever? It is supposed that clubs disappear after the administrator removes all the members and leave the club. It is not so. If one member had kept the code he can take control of this club. It is not fair so. After all each Duolingo user can make more than one clubs. And so a "famous" club can be used by someone else, without the old owner's permission. Of course leaving a club being the administrator, I think that the ownership is taken by the most active member, but I am not sure about. There's no documentation, or I don't know it.

Also: Removal is not permanent. The member can come again keeping his XPs. So as removal is not a penalty for someone breaking the club's rules, and Duolingo guidelines. It is difficult to report a bad behavior, you don't know the username.

There is no full documentation with all functions in a club. Unless I don't know where it is.

I am dreaming of Clubs real communities of drill and practice. It is a huge step forward the open and free comments inside them and thanks Duolingo! But there's no way to invite your friends unless you put the club code in your profile. But what about choosing a team of friends to learn together? How can we do? By email? Of course, but email is not published by all and it is out of Duolingo. I would prefer all activities to be inside. More controllable and safer.


For the first question about deleting classrooms, just go to the "Classroom settings" (it's in the menu on the left, for that class) then there is a link at the bottom of these settings to "Delete this classroom".


just go to the "Classroom settings" (it's in the menu on the left, for that class)

@Stergi3: one precision (just in case), this "Classroom settings" is on the schools.duolingo.com website(°). This is not a menu anywhere in www.duolingo.com website.

(°) and will appear once clicked on your classroom from the main page of schools.duolingo.com


Hello, I also like that you are allowed to freely type, but I still wish it came up with suggestions like it did before, but instead above the keyboard, as we usually haven't learned enough expressions to give reinforcement ourselves when we need it the most. Thank you.


It's not as simple as asking a teacher. You have to ask the school for permission, which has to ask your parents for permission and other stuff. On my main account, I can't access discussions, which helped me SO MUCH with my language learning. Now I can't access clubs? My teacher isn't allowed to touch the settings BECAUSE OF THE SCHOOL. I do like the typing box in clubs, however.


Thank you HelpfulDuo!

Can I please ask though, why were they disabled?

EDIT: Question answered by Jrikhal.


They aren't "disabled", they are "disabled by default".
For the same reason the forums are "disabled by default" in educator's settings of Duolingo for Schools.


So if I am in a Spanish class, am I not allowed to join a German club?


No, unless the teacher of your class explicitly enables the club feature for you. If your teacher doesn't allow you to use clubs and you prefer to join a club rather than a class, you should leave your class in order to join a club.


I don't understand. Can you simplify?

  1. Are you in a Duo-Classroom?
  2. Are you in a Duo-Club?


No. I used to be in a Spanish club... but I think thats diferent. If this doesn't apply to me I will stop typing stuff on here.


If you're not in any classroom then you'll not be impacted by this change. And even less if you're anyway not in any Club.
No worries. ;)


I was in 2 classes and one club. I'm an adult who was trying out duolingo fro schools (using my child as the student). I now have "Sorry, but your teacher has disabled Clubs" in the android app for ME! I went to progress sharing (or similar, followed instructions) and left the 2 classes. I have restarted the app a few times but still get the same message. I also don;t have any Clubs listed on the web page (when viewing on a PC). Any ideas how to fix?


You can keep being in the classes and also use clubs by going to http://schools.duolingo.com/ and clicking on the menu near your name in the top right, going to "Privacy Settings" and changing them to whatever you'd like.

It does look like you've left the classes, so if you're still getting blocked, my best guess would be to log out, then log back in since that will re-pull your user information. Sorry for the confusion & inconvenience!


I’m not in any classroom! And some how it says that “my teacher” disabled clubs. Does anyone know how to fix this?


My students are under 13. I enabled clubs in my classroom hoping that would give them club access but it has not. Is the age of my students the problem? If so please revise this forum topic to include this vital information to avoid wasting the time of teachers of 13 and under students who may want to create a classroom club for their students.

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