Classroom Sticker Chart!!!
I've had all my French students (and several teachers) in our school on Duolingo for over a year now, with new students joining each year. They each get a place on this huge sticker chart, and earn a sticker for each lesson completed. When whole units are completed, they get a star with a date of completion. It is a great way to see a representation of individual and overall progress within the tree, a source of motivation for many, and is mesmerizing to look at.
Sticker chart here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B37mIYq9tgxDWWh4SmxjbHhQbEE/view?usp=sharing
Perspective Picture (to appreciate the scale of this thing): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B37mIYq9tgxDUVZ0Y2V1NUpKeU0/view?usp=sharing
The sticker chart is on centimeter graph paper and goes from Basics 1 to Places (it's about 2 meters long and 1.25 meters high). All students are on it. Student usernames are on the left side of the graph, and unit names are on the top, with invidual lessons broken down as well.
On another note, still wondering if there's a plan to set up some sort of teacher account feature. Harder and harder to monitor student trees, XP, word count, etc. with the new changes. Still, love this tool and how it allows for consistent practice over time--the key to learning a language, selon moi. :).
Just wanted to share something exciting that Duo allows for. Please respond with your thoughts and other creative/fun uses of Duolingo in your classroom or elsewhere!
I wish my teachers used Duolingo, I learn languages outside of school because French lessons at school are so bad ;-;
I would definitely feel a lot more motivated to do more French lessons if I knew I'd be getting stickers for them. I think it's time for a trip to the dollar store.
I wish my teachers taught me a language in such a way. I prefer non-explicit grammar, because for me explaining the whole grammar first and then practise with it is very hard. You will learn the grammar and put it in your head, but every time you have to think about the grammar. To learn grammar step by step (first "I am", then "you are", etc. and not everything at once).
Thank you for sharing. Your students are lucky you teach them a new language this way.
If I may ask, as a language teacher, what do you find to be the specific benefits of this site/method to be versus other approaches? Any drawbacks? Thank you.
Benefits: Engagement from the gamified and social media likenesses. Individualized pace which can allow everyone to feel successful. Non-explicit grammar teaching. Vocabulary acquisition. Reading and writing. Accessible on all technology. Easy to know where you are. Allows for individual goal setting and reflection.
Drawbacks: Limited in terms of teaching actual communication, can only be used if all students can access technology, no specific support for teachers on the site (I've created a lot of my own ways to incorporate the site into my practice).
Most traditional language teachers I talk to focus on the limitations of this learning method, which are certainly real. However, for my purposes, getting people excited about learning namely, it is an invaluable tool.
So well put! Thanks for you insights! I'm also a teacher, but not of languages. I really value your opinion! It really pains me at times to see young people on here who are so confused about what is/isn't possible on this site. So many people want to learn languages, but struggle to stick it out through the early tough part to get to the more enjoyable parts later. You seem to be doing a great job keeping your students engaged!
I am curious how advanced your students are? I took French 2 in high school and don't remember if we got to the conditional tense. I remember doing the passe compose. Mind you it was about 25 years ago, and I wasn't always the most diligent student. How far do you students get in the first year?
Where students end up in one year varies. At this point, each student sets an individual weekly goal (in terms of points they want to reach and lessons they want to review/learn). My aim is to have goals set that challenge each student where they are so they can push themselves and stay motivated about learning a language. There grade is based on their ability to move toward that goal, reflect upon what they're doing, apply critical thinking and problem solving skills, and track that as well.
This allows for individualization and teaching something...dare I say...bigger than French (although I'm not personally convinced that's true, it's what I hear).
This is not welcome news for a more traditional approach to language learning, and the question I always get is: "How do you know who's in French I, and who's in French II, etc. That question seems to miss the point for me though.
Thanks for the answer. I do think that your approach will teach them something that goes beyond the French classroom. I think everyone sets goals for themselves. Some make them stretch farther than others (I' going to study vocabulary and get a perfect score on my English SATs vs. I am going to go home and eat 3 Oreos after school.) This helps them see that setting goals will help you achieve more and that there is a satisfaction in reaching the goal itself. My 13 year old is taking French 1 this year and they use the Vallette/Vallette text. Duolingo will probably not go along with the lessons in the book, but it will help him to supplement his vocabulary. Thanks again.
I ended up being number sixty! Everyone loves your idea! That's nice. It IS a great plan to get people going like a race. And I repeat, I am not trying to pass Hannah! Haha
That's pretty neat! I wish Duolingo existed when I was in high school! Would have been so much more fun and easy!
I really appreciate the time and effort a teacher would put in to create a visual representation of how students progress in a language learning class. This is a great idea that allows people to challenge themselves, and compete with others if that is their motivation, and I think Duolingo is a great resource to educate your students. My only concern is, once again, the audio aspect of learning. Some people may choose to disable listening exercises, and this will only make it more difficult to be able to hear and comprehend French at an adequate rate in the real world. It is a good idea, in my honest opinion, to use Duolingo to learn grammar rules and some vocabulary, and use the classroom time to answer any questions firstly and then have the students converse with each other about a given topic or create their own dialogue. For your incredible work, have a lingot. :)
Thanks for the feedback! My approach to attempt to deal with the "audio aspect of learning" is to give students regular dictations to ensure that they are getting enough practice with that potentially missing aspect. And yes, you are right to point out the lack of real communication practice that can come from Duolingo. At this point, I would say that I try to use Duolingo as about 1/3 of my curriculum--with a particular emphasis on it in beginning/exploratory French that can act as a basis for students to go back to when we use move to our immersion-based approach (particularly through the use of French in Action).
Again, I appreciate your feedback--it's extremely helpful.
I really love your idea! I also use Duolingo as supplemental instruction for my Spanish courses in college. Here's a presentation I created to use it as homework: http://pilarmunday.com/duolingo-for-homework-practice/
You are really inspiring me to do even more!
Thanks so much.
I am just starting this feature tomorrow in my classes as an extra practice activity. I, too, will be using a sticker chart for motivation. What do you offer as a prize? or are you tying duolingo to a grade? I was thinking of offering one top prize to one student per class (and possibly to an entire class, but I'm still working that part out). I do not offer extra credit as my class is already set up for success. I flip my classroom, so we don't have the traditional homework piece. All of the work is done in class with me there to help and guide. I would love to bounce ideas off of others.
French in Action video series mostly (hooray free resources!!!) Then cultural projects/exploration along the way to allow us to get to the good stuff.
If there were special accounts for teachers, then I suppose there would be special accounts for students too? Would it be able to integrate with standard accounts (in case any of the students already use duolingo)?