On-line Chat & Social Networks
“is another free educational website that allows students to conduct language exchanges online with partners around the world via Skype.” (from the NCLRC December newsletter)
"Learn and practice languages for FREE with the members of our global community who speak the languages you want to learn!We'll match you with native speaker practice partners who live in over 170 countries and speak 130 languages. Learn and practice any language you want on WeSpeke. On WeSpeke, we make it easy for you to accomplish your language learning goals!"
Hello-Hello Language on the Go:
"Hello-Hello is a revolutionary FREE language learning website with a community of like-minded individuals that help each other during the learning process."
"ePals is the leading provider of safe collaborative technology for schools to connect and learn in a protected, project-based learning network. With classrooms in 200 countries and territories, ePals makes it easy to connect learners locally, nationally or internationally."
"busuu.com is an innovative online community for learning languages."
Verbling: "Instantly connect with native speakers around the world through live video"
"italki.com is where you can find people and resources to help you learn a foreign language."
Livemocha is the world’s largest online language learning community, offering free and paid online language courses in 35 languages to more than 9 million members from 195 countries around the world."
"VoxSwap is here to match people up so learning languages can be fun and help you meet new people."
"XIHA (www.xihalife.com) connects the people of the world through a multilingual, cross-cultural exchange. Simultaneous, real-time translation allows XIHA citizens to share travel tips, pictures, music, videos, games, knowledge and perspectives."
“is a great service that helps teachers locate other schools and classes with whom to conduct online exchanges.”
Wetoku is a web service or Web 2.0 tool out of Korea that provides a simple platform for interviewing someone via the Internet. Collaborating globally is a must for our students and as result interviewing can be a challenge. Wetoku makes doing an interview as easy as filling out some basic information, creating an interview session and then sending the creative interview session’s URL to the interviewee. Once the recording is done, the interviewer can embed the copy of the URL into a blog or website. You will need a web-cam for this too.
http://www.talkabroad.com/ fee-based conversation practice; "Simply put, TalkAbroad connects students to the world. We organize native speakers eager to share their experiences and we connect them with students desiring to learn and practice a new language."
"This platform is aimed at supporting university educators and mobility coordinators to organise and run online intercultural exchanges for their students. In these exchanges, students from universities in different countries collaborate together using online communication tools to carry out collaborative projects and to learn about each other's language and culture. By taking part in such projects, students can develop foreign language skills, intercultural awareness, electronic literacies as well as learning more about their particular subject area.
If you are a teacher working at a university in Europe or elsewhere, this platform will help you to find partner teachers and classes in other countries, to read about tasks, successful projects and evaluation tools and to exchange questions and experiences with an experienced community of practitioners."