How I Use It
I use Duolingo with my seventh grade spanish students, it is free, you can create an account using an email and students can select an easy detailed level, which is your skill tree. You can select any of five languages that Duolingo offers Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Brazilian, Portuguese and French. Students can view basic phrases, like sports, animals, money, transportation and much more.
Once you have done a selection you receive immediate feedback with a “ding dong” tone, telling the students if his/her answer is correct or not, same happens with incorrect answers, but the tone is lower sound followed by the correct answer. Students also can see pop up with little grammar prompts that allows students to learn or review grammar concepts. Students need to complete four groups of themes to move to the next level, they can move freely throughout the lesson. Hearts are awarded for correct completion. There is an App. that works well with the BYOD initiative, encouraging students to play and learn on their devices, they can also invite others to join and play along. It also send push notifications to remind students to practice.Students learn in contest as supposed to in an isolated manner, students learn by acquisition imprinting images, words, concepts and sounds. It allows for review after feedback and error correction which is a must for learning. In addition, Duolingo allows you to do text translation and revisions for accuracy, you can see others translations and vote if they are correct or not. Students get motivated and excited to be able to earn points, move up in levels, get credit (call lingots), and to invite friends to their to the leaderboard. Lingots allows students to purchase lessons that encourages to play against a clock, which is fun. Furthermore, if students do not understand a question they can click on a link call “Discuss question” for clarification