Digital Technical Language Teaching ---- Teaching/Learning Principles of Duolingo

Jiajia Kang


Duolingo is a free online language learning app. It adapts to the needs of “mobile learning” and allows language learners
to take full advantage of “fragmented” time for language learning, using gamification and adaptive learning techniques to teach
foreign languages. Once on the start screen of Duolingo, 16 language courses will be presented in English. Learners can control
four learning modes and choose their learning styles. Beginners can start from basic courses. If you are not a beginner, take a
five-minute placement test to match your placement. In addition to the 16 languages mentioned above, there are 38 language learning
combinations (English <> Spanish, English > French, English > German or English > Portuguese, etc.). The system will prompt
the user to create a personal profile to save the learning progress, and be able to set the learning, practicing content and learning
time. Duolingo is as effective as any leading language learning software. As a language-learning app, Duolingo can be used as a
tool for self-study or blended learning context.


Duolingo Mobile Learning; 16 Language Courses; Placement; Learning Combinations; Self-study; Blended Learning Context

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18282/l-e.v10i2.2264


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