A São Paulo language school has launched an initiative to help it’s students get more talk time with native English speakers. And in doing so they have made a step towards reducing loneliness.
Made possible by technology and video chat accessibility, the idea is to match lonely elders in the US to keen language students in Brazil. Their needs are actually very similar; to talk! About anything!
|A live video chat between a Brazilian student and an American elder|
The project is called "Speaking Exchange" and is being implemented at the CNA language school in São Paulo with the pilot having been run in the Liberdade branch in São Paulo and Windsor Park Retirement Community in Chicago.
The initiative is a great example of dual learning, going beyond the teacher-learner dynamic in a way that both sides develop culturally and emotionally, making new friendships in the process.
On the back end, videos are automatically recorded and posted to teachers in order for the to evaluate their students and study their conversational development.