Lessons per Week
Hi Duolingo teachers!
I've just started using Duolingo with my French I, II, and III classes as part of their homework grade this semester. For those of you who use it as a grade, how many lessons do you require your students to complete per week? I've having difficulties deciding how much is too much. I would like them to complete about 45 minutes a week.
If you don't grade on the number of lessons, how do you grade Duolingo? Any suggestions are appreciated! I'm new at this, but I'm loving the results and excitement so far. :)
Some educators have been grading based on skill completion. Looking at the skills should give you an idea of what concepts you want them to cover. Some skills have 5 lessons, some have more than 10. So, you'll want to keep that in mind.
I believe the coach estimates than 1hr = 50XP (5 lessons)?
Anyhow, hopefully other educators will come along and provide more insights. :)
Usagiboy, I think the coach's estimate of 1hr for five lessons is about right. I probably take more time (doing Swedish) because I take notes and often add to the discussions. There is just one thing that needs to be said: there is a limit to how much new vocabulary we can acquire at once, so it's better to do one single lesson, then strengthen it several times before doing another lesson.
I am trying to decide the same thing for my Spanish I class. I assigned them 60 points per week, thinking that those points along with their other homework would be sufficient. I'm going to monitor and change if necessary. I'd love to hear what others are doing. I think it depends on the focus -- for me it's practice and familiarity, not necessarily skill development -- as we cover that in class.
I agree. I've already seen a big boost in confidence in my students while they're in class. They love using the new words that they've learned with Duolingo to "impress" me and other students. We also do skill development in class, so I'm also more concerned with familiarity, gaining confidence, and encouraging learning outside of the classroom environment.
I required my Spanish 1 and 2 students to get to the "time" skill (2nd checkpoint) by the end of the Fall semester. I included Duolingo sentences on their final. Now I am asking them to strengthen their skills and re-gild their trees. That is usually only a ten-minute assignment. But every once in awhile I require them to get at least 16 points in a particular skill, doing timed practice. If you are able to do that, you know the material pretty well. I'm able to see their achievements in the dashboard, and I put it into Aeries (our grading software). There is an alternative assignment for a few students who get too stressed out during timed practices.
I'm just starting to use it in an urban high school in Ohio. There is a poor homework culture here but they want to be on their phones all the time. I have assigned 3 lessons per week plus they can get bonus points for working over. They get 10 points for the 3, then I give bonus points up to 2 points for 2 extra lessons. The kids who are serious students do bunches of lessons just because they like to. The others may do it from compliance, but I've had a lot of positive feedback.