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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LorrieneKe

Learn English from English

I teach ESL. I have followed the instructions for creating a multi-language classroom. The problem is, I have students whose native language is not represented (Saho/Tigrinya). When they register, they cannot select that they both speak English and they are learning English. This is what we want to do - take the English course with an English interface.

September 24, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

Duolingo works on a translation model. There is not a course that teaches English by asking students to translate from English to English. You'll have to find a different tool for them, unfortunately.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

they cannot select that they both speak English and they are learning English.

If you want to choose a pair, you have to exactly select an available course from a L1 base to a L2 target language.

Available list: https://incubator.duolingo.com

When you create a classroom like this you can do specific things which are related to a specific course (e.g see words, assign tasks, etc.).

AFAIK (from trying around myself) the other option is to leave out the L1 base/source language language and only select L2 as the target.

Obviously this will leave out enhanced tree features as Duolingo does not have any clue what course features (words, skills, etc.) it should display to you as a teacher.

This is what we want to do - take the English course with an English interface.

I am not sure what the exact language is when you leave the L1 base/source language out.

There is no 3rd onscreen / menu / course language.
It is *automatically set to the same language which you choose as the L1 base/source language.

I think a "generic classroom for English as the target" will have quite limited features and I am not sure if you or your students will benefit.

To appropriately use Duolingo the pupil / student needs to be able to select a L1 base source or be upper-beginner / intermediate with English as a second language to learn a third (target) language.

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