Automatic weekly leaderboard for Students in a Class. Request/Suggestion.

I was setting a classroom, and while running tests, I see that students have to add other students to see each other on the leaderboard.

I feel the leaderboard is great to spur competitiveness and also to keep the kids interested in Duolingo. However, living in Japan, children privacy is big issue. So, I have to create individual accounts for the students. However adding each other to the leadership board requires the kids to have a valid e-mail to add each other on the leaderboard.

Would it be possible to add this feature in? As if they in a class together, I feel they should see each other on the leaderboard without having to add each other.

For other educators, please give me your opinion and comments, I hope this can be picked up by the Devs.

Lastly, thank you Duolingo, keep up the innovations on this awesome product.

TL/DR - Please add students automatically to each others weekly leaderboard.

October 22, 2018


The leadership board is not a fair competition, because it is based on XP.

  • in the Android App one gets extra bonus XP for making less than 5 mistakes, but this feature is neither in nor in the iOS app or Windows App.

  • one can use the "practice button" to get very easy sentences.

October 22, 2018

Fair point. Then how about an automatic weekly leaderboard? Like the one you get in a club for the entire class. The competitiveness it not to be used as a compitition. It is so they can motivate each other and stay interested.

October 22, 2018

The leaderboard in the clubs is also based on XP.

October 22, 2018

The feature you describe used to exist. Students in a classroom used to be able to select from a drop-down box next to the Leaderboard on the home page and choose from the leaderboard of those they'd followed, and leaderboards for any classrooms they were in.

I hadn't realised this feature had gone until I read your post - I suppose it must have disappeared when the site was re-written. Hopefully this feature will someday be brought back.

October 25, 2018

For other educators, please give me your opinion and comments

I would like another approach for competitions among students:

A. "Which results are really important in language learning?

B. Which results are already visible in the students' personal pages on the third party website and

You might have a look at our personal pages in (visible for our most recent active course in Duolingo)

I am not a language teacher, but in my experience these are the most useful measurement results:

  • words: learned/total

  • skills: learned/total

  • "skill strength %" and "spaced repetition"
    (background information in:

  • a comparison with other students in the same course,
    like in:
    with sortable columns, so that every student is both able ......

    • to win one of the weekly competitions
    • AND to excercise in the way the student really needs
      (new lessons, spaced repetition, or practising basic skills, etc.)

I would like to hear your opinion, and suggestions for improvements.

Small edit.

October 22, 2018

I think those are good and interesting improvements.

My main goal is to keep them competing with each other, but I like the your idea of better benchmarks for them to compete in. I'm not using this to teach, but more as a supplement to the current curriculum that the students are doing.

October 22, 2018
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