Internet Audio Communication for Second Language Learning: A Comparative Review of Six Programs.
By Learning & Technology Language
- Release Date: 2003-01-01
- Genre: Industries & Professions
Internet Audio Communication for Second Language Learning: A Comparative Review of Six Programs. Learning & Technology Language Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
ABSTRACT A vast and largely untapped resource for second language learners has recently become available: native speakers of languages being learned who have access to the Internet. To explore the potential of this new resource for second language learning, we reviewed six free programs for Windows and Macintosh computers that permit synchronous audio (and some video) communication via the Internet. It was found that although the audio (and video) quality varied both among and within the programs reviewed, the communicative contexts created by these programs can provide second language learners with an inexpensive means for useful audio interaction with native speakers of their second language. We provide recommendations for program choice according to user needs and preferences, with an emphasis on tandem language learning, a context in which participants take turns being both second language learner and tutor of their native language.
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