Deconstructing the Duolingo English Test (DET)

Deconstructing the Duolingo English Test (DET)

The Duolingo English Test has made a bit of a splash over the last year or so. Priced to undercut the likes of TOEFL and IELTS, and claiming to be accurate, secure and ‘scientifically designed’, it has some big-name adopters including Yale, Uber and LinkedIn. In this guest post, Anthony Schmidt puts it through its paces and is left unimpressed. “I went into it very excited and came away with a very bad taste in my mouth.”

Geoff Jordan vs. Duolingo

Geoff Jordan vs. Duolingo

More than a million people a day connect to Duolingo, an app which causes much derision in ELT circles with attacks on its pedagogical validity. But what happens if you judge it through the prism of research into Second Language Acquisition? Geoff Jordan finds out.

Slated translating keyboard app: reviewed

Slated translating keyboard app: reviewed

This app is both my dream and my nightmare. I love learning languages, and anything that enables me to understand and communicate in more of them is a fantastic tool. On the other hand, if tools like this get too good, my life’s work (as a creator of English language courses and resources) – and my future income – will be wiped out with a few swipes of a touchscreen.