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Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

Welcome to the inventory of freely available online tools and open educational resources for language teaching and learning developed by the ICT-REV project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with specific criteria in mind. Read more
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Duolingo is an app that helps learners improve their language knowledge. It makes the user follow a pathway with steps that build upon one another. Once you finish one step, you are allowed to go to the next one, but from time to time you will have to refresh your knowledge by retaking a quicker version of passed steps. The app is gamified, so that the user is pushed to try to learn everyday.

Evaluation: The gamified style of the app is successful in encouraging users to keep learning a bit everyday. Nevertheless, this can also be demotivating for users who once fall of the track. The idea of learning by repetition and deduction also seems to work well in favour of retaining information.

Cost: Free with registration.

Website: https://www.duolingo.com/



Principal function(s)
  • Games apps
Type of interaction
  • Individual work
  • You supply
  • Website/other users supply
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation


User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: High
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Interface language(s): English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Greek, Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, Hindi, Ukrainian, Russian, Corean, Hungarian, Turkish, Czech, Thai, Chinese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Dutch
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Duolingo collects and analyses leaner data: https://ai.duolingo.com/. Duolingo can share your personally-identifiable information with third parties if it is “reasonably necessary to offer the Service” and they obtain information about learners from Third Party Services. The company’s privacy policy is available at: https://duolingo.com/privacy
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes
Possibility of the tool to be used for a  range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool) Tailorability (If so, how?) No. The user must follow the pathway set by the app.


Technical requirements

Installation required? Yes
Compatibility/Operating System: iOS, Android. Use on regular browsers also possible, but not with all functions available
Other tech requirements: None

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This tool was developed within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission