Luis Von Ahn, the co-founder and CEO of Duolingo – which has about 300 million users worldwide – said students trying to learn other languages in schools are also suffering because they are not given enough time to practice speaking other languages, and end up repeating the same phrases “over and over again” as a result. iNews reports.
Recruiting enough good language teachers has proved difficult in the UK. In England last year the Government only recruited 88 per cent of its target for trainee language teachers.
“We’ve observed a lot of language classrooms,” he said. “For a one hour class, the students are actually practising very little.
“Typically we find in a one hour classroom, students are actually opening their mouth and practising for about five to 10 minutes.”
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