WeSpeke Announces World Languages Online Learning Initiative: Language Practice Goes Global!

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WeSpeke, the global social network for language and cultural exchanges, announces its Language Practice Goes Global! initiative that invites world language educators in the United States to connect their students with native speaking peers from across the globe using WeSpeke.

We want to create global citizens one conversation at a time and this initiative is a great way to get students talking with the world.

WeSpeke, Inc., recently described as the “polyglot Facebook”, today announces its Language Practice Goes Global! initiative for world languages educators and students in the United States. WeSpeke delivers a beyond the classroom digital experience by connecting learners with native speakers in its global community to practice languages, share cultures, and explore interests. Language partners can chat using text, audio, or video and create global “Friends” list. The WeSpeke global community currently includes users representing 160 countries and 103 languages.

“Research clearly shows that the best way to learn a language is an immersion experience with a native speaker. WeSpeke makes an online immersive language and cultural exchange possible for every learner in the United States—and around the world—for free”, said Michael Elchik, Founder and CEO of WeSpeke. “We want to be a motivating and effective resource for learners and educators looking for authentic language practice. For success in the 21st century workforce, it is essential that students understand the language, culture, and perspectives of people from other countries. WeSpeke can be the digital bridge that helps learners traverse geographic, cultural, and language barriers. We want to create global citizens one conversation at a time."

Through the Language Practice Goes Global! initiative, WeSpeke wants to draw attention to the importance of languages as a key component of being globally competent. In addition, it aims to promote the great work being done in language classrooms across the country as educators develop language proficiency and cultural understanding in their students. To this end, WeSpeke will compile and distribute a report that highlights the global connections taking place this fall by schools and universities using WeSpeke. The results will be announced at the WeSpeke session on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2014 Conference November 21-23 in San Antonio, Texas.

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