How I Use It
I have my students set up a Memrise account on computers at school. For those who want to, I encourage them to get the Memrise app as well so that they can practice whenever they have free time and a phone.
I generally assign students to complete practice levels by a certain date. For example, Spanish 1, Level 2 should be finished by _______. The content on the site/in the app does not exactly mirror what we would be doing in class, but the language structures and vocabulary complement it well. Students who are motivated can easily go beyond and extend their learning.
My focus with Memrise is to supplement the language learning that happens in class - not replace it. We do most projects in class so that I can support learning and to ensure that student language use is more authentic (not google translate). Memrise therefore is great at home practice and I make it homework.
It's NOT something I use during class time.
Memrise is similar to Duolingo, but I have come to like it much more. The variety of the input/output is better and the app is more engaging. I also like the levels as descriptors of progress rather than describing a percentage of fluency (i.e. "You are 50% fluent!") because I think that is misleading for learners.
Memrise also gives students good opportunities for oral comprehension.