TO MAKE studying the English language extra accessible — and free — language studying app Duolingo has launched an English course for Tagalog audio system.
The English for the Tagalog Audio system Course is designed with the newbie English talking Filipino in thoughts. It goals to make studying primary English enjoyable via its gamification method of arranging the English phrases to suit the interpretation of the Tagalog sentence.
The course can also be geared toward offering free and accessible training to be taught the English language.
“We’re conscious that Filipinos English proficiency is already excessive. However we’re additionally conscious that not everybody within the Philippines has equal entry to be taught English, so we needed to develop this course and supply it without cost,” Haina Xiang, Advertising Director of Duolingo, stated in an internet press launch on March 15.
Based on the English Proficiency Index (EPI) revealed in Nov. 2021, the Philippines ranked 18th out of 112 nations whose inhabitants are non-native English audio system. The EPI rating is “excessive proficiency” which is taken into account satisfactory for duties corresponding to managing work displays, understanding TV, and studying newspapers.
Based in 2012, Duolingo provides over 100 language programs throughout 41 distinct languages, from Spanish, French, German, and Japanese to Navajo and Yiddish. It additionally provides programs for endangered languages corresponding to Zulu, Xhosa, Maori, and Haitian Creole; and fictional languages corresponding to Valyrian (the traditional language spoken by the characters in Recreation of Thrones). In 2013, the app was awarded the “iPhone App of the 12 months.” Duolingo has been downloaded over 500 million occasions and counting.
Based on knowledge launched by the app, the month-to-month energetic person (MAU) progress of Duolingo within the Philippines is 32% year-on-year. The height learning time for Filipino learners is 9-10 p.m., with a mean learning time of quarter-hour a day. At present, 20% of Filipinos on Duolingo are studying Japanese, 19% are studying Korean, and 16% are studying Spanish.
Ms. Xiang added that the English for the Tagalog Audio system Course focuses extra on conversational matters regarding household, meals, and hobbies.
“All of our course builders are native Tagalog audio system, so they’re very aware of native insights,” she stated.
The Duolingo programs are developed based mostly on the Frequent European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR), the worldwide normal for language studying. The course is split into completely different ranges — A1, A2, B1, and B2. A is for novices, and B is for intermediate learners.
“Based mostly on these completely different ranges, we divided the complexity and difficulties of the language studying,” Ms. Xiang stated.
“Whenever you come into Duolingo, we’ve placement check to entry your degree. Based mostly on that consequence, they match you to the precise degree of the place you might be proper now, and you can begin from there,” she stated. “This framework helps us ensure of what the customers want within the content material.”
Plans to create programs for Philippine native languages have but to be thought of.
“We’re beginning with the English course first and we’ll see the influence of that. We have now different course growth plans, as soon as we verify, we’ll announce it,” Ms. Xiang stated. — Michelle Anne P. Soliman