Language learning

Why is duolingo unpedagogic? (Part 2 – here’s why!)

In an earlier post I argued why Duolingo was not in fact unpedagogic despite a perception among some educators that it is. I argued that Duolingo does work (to an extent) and the success in learning vocabulary through a motivating and well designed learner experience was a good example of digital learning. However, the perceptions 

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Detail from iPhone version of Duolingo

Why is duolingo unpedagogic? (Part 1 – it isn’t!)

My Product Marketing Manager asked me this week why Duolingo was seen as unpedagogic, i.e. why it’s approach to teaching  language is poor. She’s picked this up from general conversations on language learning apps within the product development team. I started off by counter arguing this – that there is a lot that is pedagogic 

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Review of the new Flashsticks app

I’ve always had a soft spot for Flashsticks since buying some of their French language learning Post-it notes and it came with a postcard which had clearly been passed around their office and was personalised and hand signed. A lovely touch. Flashsticks, if you’re unaware, provides printed Post-it notes for language learners. They have the keyword, 

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A snapshot of the Chinese Education App Store (Top Grossing apps)

This is today’s (16 April 2015)  top twenty highest grossing educational apps in the China Apple App Store. Annotated with focus and colour coded for kids/adults apps. The filled call-outs indicate a focus on English language learning. This may not be the sole focus but has English learning at least a core objective. Click on 

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Using French learning apps offline – how Duolingo, Busuu and Babbel compare.

Been travelling in Vietnam and carrying on using French language learning apps. This meant I was off network data, and reliant on hotel WiFi which was patchy at best or no connection at all on transport across the country.  This post therefore focuses on the accessibility of the apps offline. I’ve also added another one to the 

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