Teacher Review for Duolingo

Fun, but not overly effective

Kathleen F.
Classroom teacher
Roy C. Ketcham High School, Wappingers Falls, NY
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Great with General
How I Use It
I included this app on my list of "supplies" for school this year as a way for students to test their skills. I always ask for feedback from my kids, and overall they weren't feeling this one. Some of the most common were: The activities are repetitive, it takes too long to finish a "level" or skill, and there wasn't enough difficulty in the unscramble activities (they have to make sentences out of random words).
My Take
If I were an elementary or junior high teacher, I may see the use in this app. Or, if I were someone trying to learn a language on my own, I think it could be beneficial. There really isn't a lot of interactivity with this app - I was unable to come up with any activities my students could do together Overall, it's good as an instructional or review tool, but not as a "teaching" tool.