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ERIC Number: ED424770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Conversations from Afar: Improving Conversation Skills and Cultural Understanding through Videoconferencing.
Ramirez, Marilyn
English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students often finish their language courses without ever having an opportunity to interact with native English speakers or without getting an idea of what the target culture is really like. Interactive videoconferencing can help students gain insight into the target culture when they are using conversational skills learned in the classroom to have authentic dialogue with native English speakers. One instructor's experiences with interactive videoconferences between ESL students at the University of Mexico's Permanent Extension School in San Antonio (Texas) and Spanish students at different universities and high schools in Texas are described. Discussion focuses on various factors that must be taken into consideration when organizing an interactive videoconference, and provides suggestions on pre-conference planning, procedures for the actual videoconference, and follow-up activities. Contains 6 references. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas