Sharing Language and Culture Online at Real Life Language

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Learning and teaching languages in the twenty-first century: using the technology available today to connect native speakers and language learners from all over the world for authentic, relevant language learning.

Real Life Language seeks to connect language learners and teachers from all over the world to take advantage of the technology available today to share authentic language and culture. The site, reallifelanguage.com, is a space where language teachers and learners can share lessons, download and upload audio, video and print resources, as well as collaborate in real time via mail, web, audio, video, white board and write board chat.

"Never before in the history of the world have humans been able to share their language and culture so readily," states Nina Klimas, the founder of Real Life Language. "Access to authentic, relevant language and culture has never been easier. We can have face to face conversations with people from the other side of the world. Messages can be recorded and downloaded to take learning with us wherever we go. Learning languages can be personalized and on-demand."

The space was created from the perspective of a teacher of large groups, as well as private one-to-one instruction. "As a teacher, I want to be able to share and collaborate with my colleagues. Teaching can be lonely. The internet has provided opportunities to get lessons from brilliant teachers I would have never had access to otherwise," states Klimas.

It is well-known that a major focus of education currently is in preparing citizens who can communicate in a global society. Foreign language study has never been as essential as it is in today's world, and technology plays a key role in this. We can build our communication skills outside of the classroom in foreign languages before ever heading abroad. Yet many teachers don't have access to the technology that aids this. "Budget restraints don't allow many teachers to work with the latest technology that our students need to be proficient in for their future jobs, much less for learning languages now. Even some of the free technology out there is limited due to concerns about the security of equipment. As long as a teacher has internet access and a webcam, they can access Real Life Language."

Real Life Language is currently seeking language learners and teachers to test out the new features for Premium members. More information can be found via the link below.

http://reallifelanguage.com/real-life-language-community-beta-invitation/

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