Enriching the Skype or Videoconferencing Experience

maria and carina

Recently Maria del Carmen Colussa posted an update on the HLW  skype group looking for someone to practise conversational English with one of her students – Carina. It is not often that my time zone matches that of students in the USA or Sth America so here was a golden opportunity to connect. Maria comes from Santo Tomé, Santa Fe, Argentina and teaches English to Spanish speaking students.

Carina is an adult student – a pharmacist who wished to travel thereby wanting to improve her conversational English. We talked a little about Australia. Then I noticed one of my year 9 students working in the lab and invited her to be part of the conversation. Initial confidence, volume of voice, accents and clear speaking are always a challenge when first connecting.  Georgina used the txt chat regularly to ensure they understood her.

The sharing and demonstrating of objects is always engaging. Georgina showed a toy koala and to our delight Carina and Maria immediately produced and showed us two cholitas which come  from Salta the north of our country.  

From Maria and Carina

From Maria and Carina

Georgina’s curiousity was aroused and she searched online for more information about the dolls and the country once the skype videoconference was finished. As often occurs, the learning continued beyond the initial linkup. Read Georgina’s post on Skype with Argentina.

2 responses to “Enriching the Skype or Videoconferencing Experience

  1. Anne, thank you for opening the door of your classroom for us, it´s a pleasure to connect with you. Talking to you is always a memorable experience my student will certainly remember your kindness and friendly words. I´m looking forward to our next session!😉

    • Hi Maria, thanks for opening the door of your classroom for us as well. We really enjoyed the connection but to see someone immediately produce dolls that reflect your culture after we showed our toy koala added so much to the learning. Hope we can keep on connecting especially in these impromptu ways as there is so much we can learn from each other.

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