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Non-native English speakers need native speakers to speak with and lonely senior citizens need someone to talk to
Opportunities to communicate with a native speaker is essential for language learners to make progress in gaining language proficiency. However, learners often have difficulty finding native speakers who will take the time to speak with them.
Senior citizens often feel confined and isolated in assisted living facilities. They need opportunities to provide a useful service and speak with others to increase their sense of well being.
Solution: use video communication technology to pair language learners with native speaker senior citizens
A Brazilian school needed an opportunity to help their students connect with native English speakers. They formed a partnership with a retirement community in Chicago. Volunteers from the retirement community are paired with students and their video conversations are uploaded. Teacher’s screen the videos and use them to give students feedback and students form meaning relationships with their senior citizen conversation partners.
- Adweek | Perfect Match: Brazilian Kids Learn English by Video Chatting With Lonely Elderly Americans FCB’s touching work for a language school