Duolingo learning app responds to damning data from IFS – FE news



Following today’s announcement from the Institute for Fiscal Studies regarding: two in five students failed to meet minimum government guidelines for learning time during Covid school closures, we wanted to offer commentary and interview time with Colin Watkins, Duolingo, Country Manager UK.

In light of the new data, it’s clear that distance learning has proven difficult without the right tools. Duolingo, the world’s most popular language learning app, is a free app that uses AI and gamification techniques to make its content fun and effective, helping learners progress faster.

Colin Watkins, Duolingo, Country Manager UK, noted

“Duolingo has been invaluable over the past two years, when parents and teachers have had to grapple with how to continue to teach their children and students. For the first time, the school moved beyond travel and brain training as the primary motivation for learning about Duolingo. You had teachers trying to get used to Teams and Zoom and parents desperately using WhatsApp groups to find resources. Being free and accessible on mobile and the web, we were and still are a great resource. So much so that in the weeks after the first lockdown, the UK saw an increase five times that of the US and Germany. We are now seeing the numbers rise again as parents, students and teachers get back to learning.

Our goal is not to replace teachers, but until everyone has access to good quality one-on-one tutoring, Duolingo can provide a unique AI-based learning program that is tailored to needs and to the capacities of each individual, whatever his age and all his income. All you need is a device and you can start learning about Duolingo.

Duolingo also launched Duolingo ABC, offering over 300 free, fun, bite-size lessons teaching the alphabet, phonetics and visual words to help parents of 3-6 year olds continue to learn and develop in outside the classroom.

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