Suggestion: ability to unlock skills

As an educator I would love to have the ability to unlock skills for my students, so that they could work on Duolingo lessons which would enhance the concepts that are being introduced in the textbook. And, as many other teachers have mentioned, I'd also appreciate being able to see my students' trees and daily XP achievements. Thanks again for the dashboard! The DL team is awesome.

February 1, 2015


The problem is that later skills rely on words and grammar learned in earlier skills. So if you unlocked a skill, say half way down his tree, your student may face exercises well beyond his ability.

If you feel your student is capable then he could test out of individual or a group of skills, but otherwise keep him on an orderly progression of skills.

February 1, 2015

I do know what grammar my students have done. There is a certain flexibility in Duolingo's program. I would not give them an assignment that they are not prepared for.

February 1, 2015

On the other hand, I've been trying to introduce this into the college level 102 class I'm teaching. Not as a requirement, but as something extra that can help them (of course, seeing as it isn't required, no one is doing yet, typical). While I've even told them that I'm confident that any time spent on DL would be overall beneficial to them, the fact of the matter is that if they are already in 102 but are just starting DL, they can only test out of so much. We are starting the imperfect tense just 4 weeks into the semester, yet on DL the imperfect is 32 skills -after- the last available one to test out of. (which, of course, I find to be a little silly that it is taught to far after the preterite...)

The point is, there do exist reasons for wanting to unlock things for students.

February 2, 2015

Thank you for your supportive comment. Most teachers and professors follow a textbook, which these days are the cumulative fruit of decades and even centuries of research on linguistic acquisition. It's discouraging that other teachers don't speak up in support of this proposal. I have no idea why the Duolingo team would be against it.

February 4, 2015

I'm not sure the DL team itself is against it, so much as they just haven't done it. It seems that, so far, we are the only two that have particularly mentioned the benefit since the inception of the teacher feature.

February 4, 2015

I agree. I hope they notice and will be willing and able to do it. I have no idea if technically it would be difficult or not. I think if many teachers will add their voices to this discussion they might consider doing it.

February 4, 2015

Duolingo, please unlck the darn thing. I have been pushing my students to use this as a daily tool. But it would be so more pwerful if we could use it to practice a grammar point we just learned or a topic we are exploring. I am with you Jairapetyan and Frankenstein

April 20, 2015

Yeah, why the heck is the imperfect introduced so late?

February 6, 2015

It's both an easy and a useful tense. I sometimes wonder what the Duolingo team used as a model when they invented their tree. Modern foreign language textbooks that are currently used in high schools and colleges are very thoroughly researched, constructed, critiqued, edited, and revised. I would love to hear if the DL team used one when they built the tree.

February 8, 2015

I have been using Duolingo for some time now and I agree on having the option to unlock some of the topics or vocabulary to enhance my class. I understand DL is designed by accumulative structure but it would be so helpful to unlock and assign different levels according to the level of my students. I have students with very different learning levels and style.

February 8, 2015

The progression of vocabulary that has been introduced is accumulative, as well as some of the grammar. However, it seems that structurally it would lend itself well to the possibility of opening up a skill needed by a certain teacher (or syllabus) even if some of the previous skills have been skipped.

February 8, 2015

As a student, I would find it very useful. While jumping ahead is not always recommended, leaping ahead to skills we need to learn soon could spare us a lot of extra work.

February 11, 2015
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