Duolingo is one of the best free resources out there for learning a language, and now, teachers can take advantage of this popular app to help teach their students!
Duolingo for Schools allows teachers to create classrooms, assign homework, and check whether their students have completed assignments.
This Simple Duolingo for Schools Guide will walk through each step of using Duolingo for teachers!
Step One: Head to Schools.Duolingo.com
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Step 2: Log In Using Your Duolingo Account
If you haven’t created a Duolingo account already, you would create one now. Since I already have a Duolingo account, I use that to log in.
There is no need to create a separate account or a new account to use Duolingo for Schools.
Step 3: Once You are logged in, Create a Duolingo Classroom
In order to create a Duolingo classroom, you need to click on the orange button and start filling out the information as you go.
The first thing it asks for is a name for your classroom. For example, I named mine “Spanish 101” because it would be a beginner Spanish class.
You can name yours whatever you would like and you can change it later if you change your mind!
Then choose the language that your students are studying and the language that they speak.
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You can choose any language that is available to learn on Duolingo as the language that your students are studying.
However, Duolingo for Schools is only available at the moment for students that speak English, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Italian, Russian, or German.
Next, you decide how you would like to invite your students to the Duolingo classroom. You can either share a classroom link with them or create accounts for them.
I recommend using the “Share classroom link” option as it is much less time consuming.
If you choose that option, you will get a link that you can share with your students as well as a classroom code that they can use to join your Duolingo classroom.
If you choose the account option, you will be adding each student into the classroom manually, which would take a lot of time depending on how many students you teach.
The last step is to download the PDF that has setup instructions for the students. This PDF includes a link to the classroom and instructions on how to join the Duolingo classroom from an Android or iOS device.
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Step 4: Help Your students Join the Duolingo Classroom
If your students are using computers for Duolingo, joining the Duolingo classroom is very straight forward. They will just click on the link that you sent them from the PDF that you were given.
Here is what that section of the PDF looks like:
However, if your students are using their phones, the steps are slightly more complicated.
First, they should log into their Duolingo profile. From there, click on the tab that has a girl’s head symbol on it. That is your profile tab.
Next, your students should click on the Settings symbol in the top right corner.
From there, they can scroll down and find the button that says “Progress Sharing.”
The last step for them to join the classroom is to type in the Classroom Code that was given in the PDF. After that, they are officially in your Duolingo Class!
Step 5: Check Which Students Have Joined the Duolingo Classroom
After you have created your classroom, you will be able to see which students have followed the link and joined your classroom.
I followed my own link as the teacher and joined the classroom to test out how it worked, so you can see that I am the only student listed.
Step 6: Create Duolingo Assignments
After you have made sure all your students have made it to your classroom, you can start creating assignments for them to complete.
There are two types of assignments that you can create for your students. The first one is to collect points (or XP) and the second one is to level up a skill.
For the “Collect Points” assignment, you can choose how many XP you want your students to earn. It shows you how many minutes of work is equal to that amount of XP.
After that, you set the dates that the students will start their assignment and when they need to have it finished.
A super cool feature that Duolingo for Schools has here is the ability to see which lessons your students have already completed.
Since I have already earned all of the crowns in the first 4 skills available, and I am the only student at the moment, it shows that 100% of the class has already completed those skills.
You can use this to make sure you aren’t assigning skills that are too easy or that the students have already finished.
If you have students that are at varying levels of ability, I would recommend the XP assignment instead.
After you’ve created an assignment, you can see what you have assigned, as well as whether the student has completed it on time, late, or not at all.
Your students will also be informed through the email that they used to sign up for Duolingo that they have an assignment due!
Step 7: Familiarize Yourself with the Duolingo for Schools Menu
At the top of the menu, you can go back and check on your students progress and which assignments they are completing. The second tab is for creating assignments, which we just learned how to do.
The next few tabs are more optional, but include a Curriculum, Class Activities and Classroom Settings.
The Curriculum is split into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced skills.
You can choose to follow these, which include vocabulary lists, example sentences, sample lessons, and an option to assign that skill as homework.
The next tab is for using Duolingo during class with your students. You can choose the skill that you want to practice together as a class and it will launch it on your screen.
It won’t show up on your student’s accounts, though, only on yours. This is meant to be shown on a projector or screen where everyone can see it and you can move through the lesson together.
The last tab is “Classroom Settings” where you can change the name of your classroom, the Duolingo language course that you are teaching, and the language that your students speak.
You can also download the Setup Instructions again if you need it.