Using Duolingo to show progress in teacher evaluations.

I just sat through a rather long meeting about showing student growth in next year's teacher evaluations and I thought of Duolingo. How easy would that be to just have the students login and show what they've learned since last time.

However, what if the student didn't have enough lingots to buy the test when I needed it? Is there a way that Duolingo could make those available without lingots? Or make them available to classes at certain times?

What do other teachers think about using Duoling to show progress?

April 24, 2015


When I started to use Duolingo 2 years ago, progressing through the course gave me enough lingots to buy the test after a while.

But I think your concerns are valid. To be able to buy the test in the shop is an engagement method for individual learners. It would be great if it was made available to school classes without hassle.

April 25, 2015

You could probably "cheat" your way around that by creating a new account and test out of courses of languages that you already speak. I don't know how many lingots it would give you to complete a course, but that's repeatable indefinitely. Then you transfer the lingots to your teacher account and dish out to the students as needed.

I know, it's suboptimal because of the many burned accounts.

April 25, 2015

When you test out you do not earn any lingots.

April 26, 2015

Or you ask the students to make new accounts, and `test out of spanish'. See how high they'll be placed.

May 4, 2015

Hi! Have you seen the Duolingo Dashboard? It allows you to track your student's progress, and see how many skills they have completed. Happy learning!

April 24, 2015

Yeah, Dashboard is great. My classes have been using it since Day 1. I need a test, though. I need to show that someone has improved their score from September to February or whatever. There's a Spanish progress quiz available in the Lingot store that I considered using. However, you need Lingots for it!

April 24, 2015

Hmm...the only test is the Progress one, which, like you said, costs lingots. Here's 50 lingots. It will buy 2 tests. You can use them to give to your students when they need to take a test. Have a nice day!

April 24, 2015

Aw, thanks! :)

April 24, 2015
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