Tag: Mixxer

Language Exchanges – Outline

Outline

  • Connect through Skype with remote language learners
  • Pair students and language learners together for discussion
    • If number of participants don’t align, partners will be doubled up to ensure everyone speaks
  • Have students add Skype user to their contacts
  • Text chat with user to ask if they are ready to speak
  • Call user
    • Speak first 20 minutes in language students are learning
    • Speak next 20 minutes in English
  • Students may have been assigned example questions to ask during exchange and should be writing down answers throughout conversation

Links

The Mixxer

Babylon Translation

Skype

Language Exchanges

Description

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.

Audience

Faculty & Students

Type

Instructor Led-Hands On

Time

50 Minutes-In Class Time

Outcomes

  • Talk with native language speaker for 20-25 minutes in each language
  • Listening comprehension
  • Cultural exchange

Want to know more?  Contact  mediacenter at dickinson.edu to set up a consultation.  You can also get a sneak peek of what we cover in our training by looking over our Training Outline.

Examples
Overview of Skype exchange in Japanese course

Overview of how to set up a language exchange through the Mixxer

 

SAM

Talking with Japan

Japanese language class uses Skype/Mixxer to practice conversation with Japan.

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