Dickinson’s Language Technologist, Todd Bryant, has been coordinating language exchanges for most of the languages for the past 8 years. Using Skype and a website for partnering language learners called The Mixxer he has been able to integrate skype exchanges throughout the language departments.
The partners can be any native speaker of our students’ target language who is interested in improving their English. The discussion is split into two 20-25 minute sessions. The first portion is in the students target language with the second portion in English. Faculty are encouraged to have students prepare questions beforehand and assign students a summary of their conversation as homework.
Faculty & Students
Instructor Led-Hands On
50 Minutes-In Class Time
- Talk with native language speaker for 20-25 minutes in each language
- Listening comprehension
- Cultural exchange
Overview of Skype exchange in Japanese course
Overview of how to set up a language exchange through the Mixxer