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ERIC Number: EJ765547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
Spanning the Pacific Ocean through Voice-Over Internet Protocol Chat with the Hadley School for the Blind--China
Gilson, Christie L.; Rongqiang, Xia
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v101 n4 p232-236 Apr 2007
Founded in 1920, the Hadley School for the Blind is known worldwide for its tuition-free distance-education courses for people who are visually impaired. Hadley's main school in the United States serves more than 9,000 students, and the overseas school in the People's Republic of China provides vital educational services to more than 1,000 Chinese students. Headed by Xia Rongqiang, the Chinese branch of the Hadley School for the Blind, Hadley-China, offers distance-education courses in English, just as does the U.S. school. This article describes how an innovative program using voice-over Internet protocol (VOIP) software has allowed students from Hadley-China to connect with native English speakers in the United States through the Internet. The purpose of the Internet chats is for the Chinese-Hadley students to practice English with guidance from native English speakers--an opportunity that is rarely afforded to Chinese people outside major cities.
American Foundation for the Blind. 11 Penn Plaza Suite 300, New York, NY 10001. Tel: 800-232-5463; Tel: 212-502-7600; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States