Learning Languages Online

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The New York Times ran an article on the growing demand for language learning products to facilitate this rather difficult process of learning a foreign language. Although mileage may vary, many of these packages have indeed come a long way in terms of interactivity, ease of use, and usefulness in learning a new tongue. As software solutions become more widespread and viable in this field, how should we envision the language classroom and face-to-face language instruction? What is our role as language instructors? In the current climate of budget cuts, is outsourcing a suitable solution? Then again, maybe learning a foreign language in America is a chimeric act.

If you want to explore some of the resources related to the articles above, here are some links:

(image source: The New York Times)

To read about teaching languages online, you can check out: http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?isb=9781847692719

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Hi there, this is a great set of resources that you provide here! All the more I felt that the Fairtrade language school Glovico should be amongst it. Native speakers from developing countries teach their mother tongues via Skype there to earn themselves an additional income. At the same time intercultural dialogue is fostered. Maybe you want to have a look at it? Best, Tobias