Using Duolingo (Chinese-English) in the classroom, suggestions?
I am an English teacher in China and I have just started to use Duolingo in my classroom. My students are Jr. and Sr. High age. I have been using it to show syntax differences as a way to help with grammar points. Is anyone else doing this? Any suggestions on other things I can do?
Mostly I have been playing around learning Chinese myself and then using English to reinforce some of what I'm learning in Chinese. BTW my preferred way to teach language is for it to be intuitive rather than strictly memorized.
Thanks for any help offered.
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ie. as either an EDUCATOR or a HOST - how to hook in to more intuitive learning that is fun and engaging and supportive ?
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You raise some interesting points here.
I am wondering if I could tease out a little more of your concepts of teaching to be intuitive ?
Please be aware, I am a volunteer in Duolingo, and I am opening this discussion not seeking to be a spokesperson for Duolingo. That in this discussion I am expressing my views, and not seeking to express the views of Duolingo.
In my exposure to the courses and the way they are designed, Duolingo also is striving to make the learning of the language intuitive, seeking to implicitly teach grammar. However this is not a straight forward and simple things to do. It requires an enormous amount of work and development behind the scenes. While striving to be fun and engaging. And that the teaching of the language can largely stand independently of Tips and Notes and Discussions about grammar and rules. Yet also providing these key resources which can greatly enhance the speed of language learning.
I am wondering if this is the issue you are referring to when you mention
intuitive rather than strictly memorized.
Or is it that there are 3 major different "ways" of acquiring a language?
- memorization, mostly through repetition, though enhanced by using other tools such as pictures, audio, mnemonics, story telling, associating other senses and previous memories, etc.
- understanding grammar
edited : could people identify other key ways that languages are learned ?
ie. seeking to engage peoples other interests and motivations. Such as if they like a particular activity/sport/hobby/movies/podcasts ? Providing games ? Reading, listening to and telling stories ? Translation of text in target language (language being learned) into source (first language) language, and then visa versa.
However - perhaps these are methods instead of being conceptual means of acquiring language, such as intuitive ; memorization ; grammar.
Also, I am wondering if you or others have any suggestions on how to teach in a classroom or other setting in a more intuitive way ?
For example if people have suggestions of games or other resources that could be used to enhance this style of language acquisition ?
Have you checked out googling something like :
teaching English through games
teaching Chinese through games
There seems to be quite a few ideas people have posted on this issue on the internet.
Are you familiar with the resource, which is another Duolingo product:
This is a great resource for fairly quickly developing a course specific activity, according to the topic you may be wishing to teach.
i.e. syntax differences as a way to help with grammar points
Tiny cards is especially powerful for teaching one of the languages that it offers audio with. English is one of those languages where audio is available.
Unfortunately, currently there is no audio available for any of the Chinese languages.
also - Duolingo welcomes people sharing of other resources that are also free for the learner to use. So if anyone has other external resources that could be appropriate to share, please do so.
To that end, often these internet flash card resources are mentioned:
They could also be well worth looking into.
WOW you posted a lot...if there is a way to Private Message (PM) you I can discuss more about my teaching style, or if you wish you can PM me. You may want to talk to Octavio Hildalgo about me...
This is also a great place to have an in depth conversation about this fascinating issue. And may permit others to also weigh in. Thus also enhancing the quality and content of this topic.
I do hope others may weigh in.