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What do you do to encourage your class to learn with duolingo?

Please give me an answer on what you think down below so I can give more examples to my class! My class is not very focused on the subject at most times and I want something to encourage them.Thank you if you commented in my post!

September 11, 2019



For the most part, I don't do Duolingo during class time. Language is communication, after all, so I get my students up on their feet and talking to each other. Start with sentence frames. Write the name of your target language on the board, and erase a letter every time you hear students talking in English. Tell them that if all the letters get erased, there will be a pop quiz or extra homework or something they don't want. :)

I got brave enough this year to throw out the workbooks! I hated the workbooks, hated the dullness of each item, hated grading them, hated looking at 150 different samples of handwriting. Now I assign Duolingo as homework, with occasional extra supplements that I make up. Sometimes I assign a specific skill, but more often I just assign a certain number of XP. I don't even care if they do "Basics" or "Introductions" 20 times, just as long as they are looking at the language for five minutes outside of class. Oh, I love using Duolingo as homework! The kids push themselves, and the way that Duolingo is structured falls perfectly in line with my philosophy of grading towards mastery. If the student completed the skill or XP assignment, then I give them 100%, because I know that lovable green owl will keep asking them the same question until they get it right.

I do find that the Duolingo reminders aren't enough, though, so I have to remind the students daily during class: "Did you do your five minutes of Duolingo last night? Make sure you do it tonight!" I took a screen shot of Crying Duo and I project it on the board at least once a week.

Another colleague, Kathy, has made paper owls for all her students, and a kind of "timeline" across her room with XP levels. As the students get more XP, she allows them to move their personal owl across each XP poster (each "poster" is a laminated sheet of paper.). I think that is a great idea, and if I had the wall space I would do it.

If your class is very unfocused and you want to encourage them to use Duolingo, I suggest you have a contest for "Who can find the silliest Duolingo sentence?" Have them send you a screen shot so that you can project it. There used to be this wonderfully cheesy "flirting" section in French, The Japanese tree has a dog selling hats, and there is an amazing preterite practice in Spanish called "Farm" where the cows are reading the newspaper, etc. If you allow your students to use phones, there are absolutely hilarious random picture match-ups. My Spanish students sent me a picture of a burglar saying "Please." My French students found one of a lumberjack with the phrase, "When he puts on a shirt, he is handsome." Make it like a treasure hunt and get a little competition going.

Another idea is that Duolingo has really cute pictures. I took screen shots of many of them, and then I randomly arrange them and tell the students to write a story based on the pictures. I suppose I could add word balloons and have them fill it in like a comic strip.

This year, DaKanga, Mireille, and I are playing more with Tinycards. You can encourage students to make their own decks to help them study. Or, do a search and see if someone has already made a deck. DaKanga is experimenting with decks for Duolingo Stories (they're in French at the moment, but once they are perfected I'll translate them to Spanish.). Mireille has some immensely cute ones with idioms in French (like the weather). I have basic verb, adjective, conjugation, and inflection decks for French, Spanish, and Japanese. There is a learning process involved in honing these decks, so feedback is very welcome. I love that Duolingo has given us a platform to bounce ideas off of each other, because I wouldn't have gotten this far without them.

I'm looking forward to hearing other ideas! Pentaan, what do you do?


I'm looking forward to hearing other ideas! Pentaan, what do you do?

Sorry, I don't teach languages.

But I really like your teaching methods, so I bookmarked them and give the links to teachers who are asking for suggestions.


You might have a look at MadameSensei's comment in this discussion

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