https://www.duolingo.com/umadsbruh

What learning style would you say Duolingo caters to the most?

In my opinion, Duo does a good job at blending the seven different learning styles within its lessons. I truly believe there are different aspects that appeal to each learning style, however I was curious of other's opinions on the matter. In your opinion which of the major 4 learning styles (visual, verbal, auditory, kinesthetic), does Duolingo cater to the most? Doing a school assignment on this topic, would love to discuss with others! Thanks.

6 days ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Koffee_Owl

I'd say that Duolingo primarily focusses on visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning. The first two are for obvious reasons, but I say kinesthetic (partially) because of the typing and selecting that we are required to do. It would be nice that if one day we would get a verbal feature, something dealing with using the mic on your device to speak into. Hopefully, once they tweak the language trees a bit, the devs can start working on something like that.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chaos_Hawk

Yeah, I miss the microphone from learning Spanish. The Japanese course could benefit from it, and who knows, the V2 Tree is coming this summer so we're getting closer to it.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/umadsbruh

Yes! I’m currently learning Swedish, and it offers a mic! So I guess my opinion of which learning styles are applied would be slightly different from someone else’s! I am glad you made a comment about the kinesthetic aspect, it is a very small amount but i would agree having to physically select the correct word does allow for some hands on learning.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Judit294350

Visual - and way too much with those silly sliding tiles!

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/umadsbruh

so, it is your opinion that duolingo maybe caters too much to visual? Which of the other styles would you prefer they focus?

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chaos_Hawk

I agree with visual/auditory. Duolingo seems to use both a lot. However, you might find differences between courses. For example, there's excessive flashcard use in the Japanese course, but it's kinda needed and if you try it out you'll see why.

Duo really does use all the learning styles, just leans more towards visual/auditory overall perhaps?

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fareedfr

Yeah those sliding tiles are so horrible

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redneckray

I don't know how you separate visual and verbal.

Verbal, meaning to put into words, is done primarily visually and secondarily audibly on Duolingo.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chaos_Hawk

I think umadsbruh means visual in the sense of the flashcards, and verbal in the sense of the microphone use Duolingo incorporates.

To be fair, Duo's visual learning is backed by audio whenever you click on a flashcard, so I think it does a good job using both.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redneckray

You put your finger on it. The question was so un-specifically stated that the answers are meaningless since there are so many ways to answer depending on what you think was being asked.

Umadsbruh, I am not dissing you in any way, for all I know English may be your fourteenth language or you may go to a school where the word "verbal"is used to avoid "oral" which has sexual connotations.

The results you are looking for are only as accurate as the question you ask. Finding the best question is usually the hardest part of a survey.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/umadsbruh

This discussion wasn't for survey purposes. It was just a discussion about learning styles within the app. I am sorry my original post was unclear. How would you have better worded my topic question? Thank you!

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

The buffet?

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https://www.duolingo.com/ngraner42
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Well "buffet" is a bit of a stretch, mostly just different kinds of apples.

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Interesting project! I would say verbal. Most of the exercises are based on reading and writing. There are other apps which are far more visual, which use illustrations rather than translation. There is alot not much of a kinesthetic element, as mostly you type in your answers as opposed to speaking them. Perhaps a kinesthetic learner would do better with a real life environment where they can interact with there teacher and other students. The audio varies from course to course, but again, there are better resources for audio and the courses with the best quality audio, native recordings as opposed to text to speech, for that same reason also have limited audio. It is a great program, but I think if you don't use other resources as well, you will be lacking is skills other than reading and writing.

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https://www.duolingo.com/umadsbruh

Thank you! I agree that it is important to use many different resources.

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Used to be memorization with visual. lack of everything else, really. Especially with this new update.

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https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker
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The idea that there are four separate learning styles is simplistic. It was a fad that went round some of the educational world a few years ago, but these days teachers are taught to beware of such over-simplifications. Most learning activities involve a combination of what might be classified as those categories. Learners can learn by a variety of those styles, too. Some people don't have much experience or skill working with for example visual processing, but in almost all cases that's best addressed by giving people practise in learning that way of working, rather than by encouraging them to avoid it.

After all, which painter discovered they were good at painting, and which musician discovered they were good at music? It's unsurprising that most people who have a "talent" for music or visual art turn out to have grown up in a house with a piano in, or with crayons and paper left around all the time.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/umadsbruh

I was just curious about how other people analyze duolingo's lessons. I was not claiming that these learning styles are pertinent. As I said in the original post, I believe that duolingo blends the different concepts of learning styles well. I agree with your idea that "Most learning activities involve a combination of what might be classified as those categories." Even if you don't believe in the concept of separate learning styles we seem to agree that a combination of multiple is the best option. I feel Duolingo provides that for learners.

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Firetrix

Duo caters to visual and auditory style learning but there is little scientific evidence to suggest that ones preferred learning style impacts learning outcomes.

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https://www.duolingo.com/umadsbruh

I didn't make that claim. I simply asked people what learning styles they felt duolingo focused!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Chaos_Hawk

True Firetrix, but I think it's safe to say that one is more likely to enjoy learning via the way they naturally prefer. That should in the long run impact their learning outcome.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Judit294350

there is little scientific evidence to suggest that ones preferred learning style impacts learning outcomes

That certainly wasn't what we were taught when I was training to teach - but it was a while ago.

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