How I Use It
This is a great application for practice and reinforcement that also provides students a fun way to learn vocabulary while learning a new language. Each lesson is designed with exercises that include learning by translation, listening, matching, and speaking. The lessons are designed like a game with lessons that have three "lives" (hearts). If a mistake is make more than three times during an exercise level than the student will need to restart the lesson. This is a great application to use in a lab after a lesson is taught in the classroom and also for homework for practice and reinforcement.
This free application offers Spanish, German, French, Italian and English (for Spanish speakers) and many more languages. The process to use Duolingo is easy; create an account, choose a language, and Duolingo creates a skill process that begins with the basics and progresses in difficultly. The "game" aspect of the application for students is the ability to unlock skills as you complete each skill level. There are two important content items missing with Duolingo. The first, Duolingo does not offer any grammatical explanation in the program. The second, there is no conversational aspect,students are only exposed to short sentences. The bottom line is that Duolingo is a great application for learning vocabulary and is perfect for practice and reinforcement.