The empowering side of crowdsourcing: Duolingo
I’m a huge fan of duolingo … a free, online language-learning tool. It approaches language training in a similar way to Rosetta Stone. You move through small lessons on key words, and it uses a variety of learning styles. The language training involves identifying pictures, listening and translating, speaking and assessing verbal fluency, as well as traditional text-based writing tests. Each lesson builds on the previous, and you can not progress without a certain level of mastery. Plus (according to its main page), it’s scientifically proven to work better than taking university-level language courses.
The process is game-ified, and you win competitions and medals, so it feels like other social media games you might play. You earn points for progressing, and your progress is listed on a leader board with your friends. Because language skill can slip away over time, some of the earlier points may go away…
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