https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts

My students love Duolingo.

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I started using Duolingo in my middle school Spanish classes last year. It was the first year that our district issued iPads to all students. Duolingo is my go-to activity if students finish work early , and the motivated students use it outside of class. I started a new language this year just to challenge them to keep up with my score as a beginner. A few actually making me work to keep up with them. They love it and often come in asking if they can do Duolingo.

I'm wondering if an other teachers out there use Duolingo and if you could share how you use it in class.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Mundaysa

Hi, I teach Spanish at a university and also use Duolingo. Last April, I presented at a conference on how to use Duolingo for homework. Here's the presentation and my comments about how the Duolingo community helped me so much while I was researching the topic:

http://pilarmunday.com/duolingo-for-homework-practice/

This semester, I am actually collecting data to see if replacing more traditional homework with Duolingo makes any difference. To check my students' progress, I am using a script that allows me to see their weekly progress and trees: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2950466

I am using it both in beginners courses as well as a conversation course where I have many freshmen who come with different levels.

For the beginners, they have to complete 5 lessons per week (each at their level) For the more advanced, my goal is that they complete the whole tree during the semester, so they need to turn 5 nodes to gold every week. I am not sure how this will work out. I may have to revise it.

So far (we are in week 3 of the semester) students seem to love it at both levels. The beginners ones in particular will share with everyone the new words they are learning on Duolingo which we haven't seen yet.

I love it as well.

Thanks for starting this interesting discussion!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
romastutts
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Thank you so much for sharing! I just sent your link the other language teachers in my department. I'm doing some of the same things, but we each teach 12 classes (A day/B day schedule - 6 classes per day) and have over 200 students each. The script to keep up with weekly progress could be a godsend for us.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundaysa

Thanks! Yes, I love the script!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-Katrina.-
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I'm not a teacher, but my teacher introduced it to me last year and I have been addicted ever since! I am glad to see you are introducing Duolingo to your students! Hope you have a great school year! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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Programs like Duolingo should be implemented into the classrooms in various subjects because it gives students different facts to apply their learning styles and learn efficiently.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

I love that you are starting a new language so you can join in with your students! Since Duolingo doesn't necessarily follow the same sequence as your classes, how do you deal with that disconnect? Do students just have some exposure to a concept before they get it in class?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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That's a great question, and exactly why I was wondering what other teachers do. I don't use it as part of my curriculum. I spend some class time showing them what to do and giving them some hints, then it is mostly a free time activity. Every student in my school takes either Spanish, French or Chinese in 6th - 8th grade, so only my 6th graders are starting Duolingo with no previous exposure to any of the concepts in the early levels.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

I'm not teaching right now (and even when I did, it was elementary rather than language), but I can tell you how my Spanish teacher has encouraged Duolingo and other app uses. I'm taking a Spanish class for adults and tested into the review and practice session between levels II and III, so my classmates have had this teacher for two terms previous. (Duolingo didn't necessarily help me test into this class; I had ms/hs Spanish in the last century.)

My teacher has suggested specific apps and sites for flashcard-style vocabulary drills, and games for other drills. He mostly encourages Duolingo because we're still practicing during the week, not because certain skills fit into his lesson plans.

We all use Duo, and as a result we have vocabulary my teacher hasn't necessarily taught us. I don't actually know where everyone else is in their tree, but people have pointed out verbs and nouns that are familiar thanks to Duo. My husband says his class is pretty similar, and that they're writing sentences about monos and ping├╝inos as Duo in-jokes.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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I make flash cards for my kids on Quizlet as one way to practice content specific material. I also just started using Kahoot for review quizzes. I encouraged, but did not require, that my students friend me and each other on duolingo so we can keep up with each other's progress. I tell them to watch my Portuguese score, not my total, since Portuguese is my beginner course.

I understand about the funny sentences your husband uses. Last year when French was my beginner language, I was always going up to our French teacher and saying things like, The blue alligators eat the red suitcases. I have no idea why he started avoiding me. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marcusscott67

That is funny (about him avoiding you)! I teach high school economics, government and other social science classes, however I introduce most of my classes to Duolingo because it could spur learning, help the students in their foreign language(s), and improve their marketability (which ties into my economics classes). I challenge them to outscore me, which some do very easily. I'm determined I'm going to become fluent in Spanish (and then hopefully other languages). I ask my Spanish speaking students to talk to me in Spanish and then help me when I screw up (which is all the time). I would love to someday be able to design online social science classes patterned similar to a Duolingo type format.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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Keep at it! It took me FOREVER to become somewhat fluent in Spanish and I still have tons of room for improvement. Talking with native speakers is not only an awesome way for you to learn, it shows that you value your students' culture and is a wonderful way to build relationships!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

Have you seen the Duolingo t-shirts? http://gear.duolingo.com/products/penguin-t-shirt (The "mi oso bebe cerveza" is probably not school appropriate.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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No, I haven't, but that's hilarious!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bluesocksTN
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You might like the site, Memrise, as well. It's not language specific, like Duolingo, but there are plenty of languages, and myriad language courses, to choose from.

Home: http://www.memrise.com/home/

Spanish courses: http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/spanish/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
romastutts
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This is cool! Thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
Usagiboy7
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Thank you so much for sharing. When I'm more awake I look forward to reading what everyone has said in the comment's section. For now though, i wanted to offer you a link to the Wiki it has a guide for how to use/find/explain almost everything on the website and apps. You and your students might find it useful. Duolingo is always running test groups, so sometimes the information will align with some accounts but not others. If that happens, take a peak around the forums. People usually post about test groups almost as soon as they begin. :)

^_^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundaysa

That Wiki is wonderful! Thanks so much!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I'm really glad you like it! It started out as a project in the Duolingo discussion forum here. But, it outgrew the space pretty quickly. So, we (the "Duowikians") decided to move it offsite. Please feel free to share the link. It's been a long labor of love and it makes me super happy whenever someone finds it useful. :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
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I gave you five lingots for all your hard work. Keep up the good work :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/theaman2

as a freshman in high school I am happy you use duolingo as a teaching tool :)

I always go up to the foreign language teachers at school and they always say

"What in the world is duolingo?!"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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It's cool that you have the motivation to do independent study. My high school class was all stuff straight out of the book. I could complete a worksheet like a pro, but couldn't speak Spanish to save my life.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/theaman2

yea sadly I asked my school if they counted duolingo as a foreign language credit.. they said no :(

so I will have to either take French or German (I'm thinking German because its m heritage)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mjessup2

I have used DL as an outside source. I tell them they have 10-20 min of homework each night they can use DL as homework practice. I also create digital content on Canvas (canvas.instructure.com) which serve as a tutorial for my classroom content. I am considering using DL for my 7th grade intro classes, and restructuring what I teach to match more of the objectives in DL. Please share on! I am interested in how it works for you.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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Our school just started using Canvas this year. I have yet to decide that it's user friendly. I teach 12 classes and can't figure out how to post one item to more than one class at a time. So I wanted to post the same assignment to 3 classes, I have to post it to one, then go into the other two separately and copy the content. Do you know of a faster way? We used Edmodo last year and it was SO much easier.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tylerdanj

That's great! I just sent my daughter's teacher a question on whether the school would allow this site for her Spanish class. I am excited to get on here and learn more, to keep up with my daughters.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/edamadam

hello teacher

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mrhardin

good job

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amhernandez1

I love duolingo too.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BkStarz13

When I'm in 6th grade I will tell my English teacher about it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ktcrochet

I love that you use Duolingo. It is a lot more fun than I ever had in Spanish class. I have a concern though. I have noticed an up tick in abuse here now that school is back in session. One young man has been adding nonsense into edits (random letters at the beginning of sentences). I get the feeling that he may be trying to gain XPs to satisfy a classroom goal. Another young lady was begging for lingots. Are the teachers here checking their students translations? Of course it may be that these people are just playing a game with their peers that has nothing to do with class. Bottom line - if we have to put up with nonsense from a few immature users, the benefits are far outweighed by the gains for the serious students. Best of luck to you and all of your students. :^)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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I've noticed a lot of...well....basically crap in the discussions lately. I don't require that my kids use Duolingo. I'd like to, but I have 250 students right now. I teach in a poor district and, even though they all have iPads at school, many don't pay the extra fee to take them home, and don't have any access to the internet outside of school. I use it more as a personal challenge rather than a requirement. I challenge mine to keep up with my weekly points, and since I'm so busy, it isn't hard for the motivated students.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ktcrochet

250 students - God bless you! Again, best wishes to you all.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissKitty10

I am absolutely inlove with duolingo

4 years ago
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