What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that registration is required to access Duolingo's language instruction. Kids can sign up with Facebook or request an email verification. They can also friend other users by clicking on any posts they've made to the site forum to access their profile. Users sometimes also post requests for other users to friend them. You can't directly email other users through the site, but some exchange email information on the forum.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- cultural understanding
- global awareness
- academic development
- achieving goals
- personal growth
- conveying messages effectively
Engagement, Approach, Support
Interactive questions walk kids through lessons and reinforce concepts in various ways, like writing a phrase they hear or identifying words from photos. Users get immediate feedback and points to advance and can discuss questions.
Kids get points for their progress; they can see how far they've come, which is encouragement to work toward higher levels. Ideas are drilled in via repetition: You need to get most questions right to advance, and practice words you missed.
Users can pose questions on a board, and Duolingo staffers often respond. Kids can also translate documents on the site and can learn English if they speak Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, or French. A Duolingo blog also offers some usage tips.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
Users can learn a new language on Duolingo. They can also volunteer to translate documents; the site charges clients for the translation work, which, according to Duolingo, is how it can offer free instruction.
Don't expect significant (or necessarily correct) feedback on translation assignments; users, who are also language students, review the work. But the interactive language lessons are top notch: They guide kids step-by-step through new words, sentence structure, and other communication elements. The format clearly illustrates what lessons kids have completed and which are ahead. Vocabulary words are paired with photos; kids are also asked to translate sentences in both English and the language they're learning. Mistakes are identified, and users can test out of sections if they're already familiar with the material, making the site a solid resource for both beginners and speakers with some language knowledge.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about interacting online with strangers. Should you ever accept or send a friend request from someone you don't know?
Duolingo helps people learn a new language. What are the advantages of being able to speak more than one language? How can your kid use any new language skills?
Learning another language can help strengthen understanding of your primary language. Talk about what English grammar, sentence structure, and other elements your child has learned recently in school. Are there any similarities between English and what your kid is learning on Duolingo?