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Teachers, how do you use Duolingo?

We're excited to hear that teachers are using Duolingo with their classes! Language educators, please share your thoughts and tips to help inspire others. How are your students using Duolingo? What kinds of results are you seeing? Any advice for teachers and feedback for the Duolingo team? We're all ears!

April 5, 2013



I am a French teacher, and I have been using Duolingo as a supplement to our program for high-school students. Students love it. I had set up a marking scheme in which students had to attain a certain amount of skill points each week for lessons and translations, so the "Stream" tab was very useful for me to monitor their progress. Now that the translations have been replaced by "immersion", I may be unable to continue as in the past: the translations were perfect, as my English-speaking students felt like they could contribute to the web, but they are absolutely unable to improve on the "immersion" articles, and are discouraged. Is it possible to bring back the translations?


Hi! I would love to see a syllabus or a rubric on how you set up a marking scheme. I was debating on using this as extra credit, and simply seeing if my students could go on a streak for the remainder of the school year, or requiring them to log on daily, even if it's five minutes, and track them as part of their participation grade.


I am student teaching in a bilingual (Spanish-English) kindergarten class. My cooperating teacher and I are using Duolingo to strengthen our own Spanish skills to benefit our teaching.


I'm not a teacher, but a student on the university of Groningen (The Netherlands). I'm following an Italian course as a minor. We don't use this in class, but I just use it for myself to practice more. I think it's a great combination, because my classes are really fast. I think Duolingo is fun and easy and it really helps me to understand things better. I do think there could be any 'changes' when using it with a school program:

  • In the Italian tree, things are being seperated. Like the possessives. We learn those in a few steps, althought I find it easier to have them all together. Now one lesson is about 'mine' and 'ours', and another one about 'yours' and 'hers'. If put together, it's more easy to learn in my beliefs.
  • I really like the fact that there are small explainations when learning a new grammar rule, but I would love to have those summed up in another page. Like a grammar page, with lists how to use words (in Italian for example a list of words like in + article, or irregular verbs).


I'm possibly the best in my year group at Spanish thanks to DL.


If I have 4 different classes, how do I see the progress for each class?


I am a math teacher, but after discovering Duolingo, I immediately shared it with the teachers in our foreign language department. We are a laptop school, so students always have instant access to this site during their day. I also shared the site with our learning specialist, who already contacted some students who struggle in Spanish. She thought that the mastery practice model is most beneficial to those students who were somehow left behind, because the material was covered a bit too fast for them in class. With Duolingo they can go back and review everything from the basics and through earning points, they can feel good about what they actually do know.


We've just started using it in our 8th grade class for extra practice once a week. Sometimes it's the homework assignment. It would be great to be able to track student progress. The students are all friends with each other so that they can have discussions, but ideally all discussions would be fully private.


Great ideas, thank you! We are working on improved message and discussion tools on Duolingo. We're also thinking about ways to visualize progress over time. Weekly coin log sheets can be a good start for tracking students' goals and progress.


Sign up for an account yourself, friend your students, and you can track their progress.


i have used Duolingo to learn German for 3 weeks, it's a fantastic journey, but how can i find friends who are learning the same language here? i felt i was alone.


@eastivy and @fangchenhui

I suggest to start with people asking questions on the German forum (or any other language), since they are more than likely to be people learning the language as well. Just add them as friends and you can discuss with them on the stream in your home page. Also, try to be involved in threads from the "Duolingo" section so you'll be able to find people with whom you may share ideas or hobbies.


Yeah, I have the same question. The tool itself is very amazing, but I want to see how others who are learning the same language make progresses.


I use it weekly in both middle school and high school. I keep track of which skills are gold and the students need to keep and increase their gold skills. My aim is for repetition rather than zooming ahead. Some kids love it and do far more. Most keep up. I am working on accompanying worksheets for next year as i found that frustration levels went down when students took notes because there was less haphazard guessing.


I just testing the teacher module with my kids. It has no other function than looking at shared progress and invite other. Do I miss some thing in settings?


How do you find the teacher module?


I have a question. I want students to take the placement test for Spanish, since they are not begginers but they need a lot of practice. From there I want to offer extra credit every week but I don't know what will be reasonable to ask for XP numbers? levels? gold medals? How do you guys do it? What would be realistic to check for in a week?


I used to measure coins and XP and follow the students' skill tree (which is no longer open for viewing), but Duolingo often tweaks details of its format, so I found I frequently had to change my requirements to match changes in Duo.

As a result, I now just give them a set period of time or a day of the week to work on Duolingo at their own pace. They seem to appreciate that, and then I have fewer students who try to beat the system. Some examples of their past tricks: 1. repeating the same easy level multiple times to get XP; 2. actually hacking the program to change their XP. Little brats.

One interesting wish I had from the more astute students was to be able to customize the order of the Duolingo lessons to match a specific teacher's curriculum. Love that idea.


Hey, I am new as a teacher, and I was wondering if you can set homework to the students?


I'm Brazilian and have been teaching English for 22 years. Last year I realized I could and should foster the idea of self-learning in my relatives (cousins, siblings, aunts etc.). I showed them we could take more advantage of the internet, smartphones, and apps. I created a Duolingo class and I coach those who got involved through Whatsapp and Skype. Basically, I help them learn how to study by themselves. Once or twice a week we have Skype sessions in English. Everybody in the group had to take the course 'Learning How To Learn from Coursera' and extra assignments are posted on Chalkup. I also teach them how to use online tools like dictionaries, grammar sites, free audio and videos materials and so on.


I am a grade 7/8 teacher and I really appreciate using duolingo in the classroom. It would be nice to have an assessment option that sends to the teacher; as well it would be nice to track how many the students got right and wrong during each of the lessons.


I'm a French professor and I give each week a homework packet with different options for points (culture, podcasts, etc). Students choose what they feel like doing on a specific week, and this includes a few skills of Duo Lingo. I ask them to take screenshots of their progress, and to post them in our Google Classroom. I've opened an Excel form to keep track of what they do, so they have to show progress on their screenshots. I've definitely seen a lot more motivation toward homework now that they can choose what to turn in, and the ability to practice French anytime they have a free moment is really paying off. The students absolutely love the App. I just hope you can create some nice stories for French like the ones in Spanish that you have in your Labs. Well done Duo Lingo!

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