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New Post 9/14/2006 3:14 AM
  hardcorer
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How about Learning Chinese Language over Skype. 
Modified By ChineseTime  on 4/16/2010 6:09:51 PM)

How about Learning Chinese Language over Skype.

The trend of teaching and learning Chinese over Skype online is receiving more and more attention.

Using Skype to learn Chinese as second language is extremely popular among many non-Chinese spoken countries (i.e., UK, USA, Australia,and Canada). Skype has helped this Chinese online teaching industry to grow enormously.

First of all, when learning a second or foreign language, the authentic pronunciation input given by native speakers of the target language is crucial.

For those who are auditory learners, Skype has provided a high quality and stable sound system as compared to other VoIP Internet Calls. The more students listen to Chinese through Skype in Chinese as a foreign language context, the better their Chinese proficiency can be increased, because their brain does the work in acquiring Chinese while spending one or two hours listening to Chinese online.

Chinese as a second language learners, therefore, can get clear and authentic pronunciation from their tutors via Skype and improve their Chinese language competence and performance.

Secondly, convenience. if you are busy doing your job over the daily course of your life, Skype online learning might be a good choice for you to learn Chinese. As long as you can set up a time when you and your Skype Chinese teacher can meet online, you still can learn Chinese in spite of your busy schedule. Skype makes Chinese learning accessible for those who need to learn Chinese, but have busy schedule.

Third, in comparison to numerous software-based Chinese learning e-tools, Skype has an advantage since visual learners can see the face of their tutors to best help them learn Chinese.
Cons: non-verbal cues, feedback

A teacher is limited in modeling non-verbal Chinese communication events for students over Skype. For instance, when we apologize to someone in our native languages, we have non-verbal expressions along with the words we speak.

What's more, when a Skype online Chinese teacher drills his (or her) students to practice pronunciation, reading, or writing, it is difficult to monitor students' real performance and progress. Therefore, the issue of Skype-based Chinese language assessment and evaluation might be a big concern for Skype engineers or Chinese pedagogy educators to deal with.

Conclusions

Nevertheless, Skype ultimately offers a decent E-environment for online Chinese learning. It gives a high quality web-based platform for both sound communication and visualization, assisting all the possible Internet-based foreign language teaching and learning practice.

 
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