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Transcript of skype

Video-conferencing/ Skype

1. What is Skype?- A short definition

2. Some facts about Skype

3. Skype and the EFL classroom

3.1. Skype and language learning

3.2. Advanced Features of Skype

3.3. How to start using Skype with learners

3.5. How to structure a chat lesson

3.6 "Skype in the classroom"

4. Advantages and Disadvantages

5. Sources
1. What is Skype?- A short definition
Skype is a computer program that can be used to make free voice calls over the Internet to anyone else who is also using Skype. It's free and considered easy to download and use, and works with most computers. Once you download, register and install the software, you'll need to plug in a headset, speakers or USB phone to start using Skype.
2. Some facts about Skype
Founded in August 2003, Skype is the leading global Internet communications company.

The headquarter of Skype is in Luxembourg with offices in Europe, United States and Asia.

Skype was acquired by eBay Inc. in October 2005.

Every day millions of people use Skype software to communicate with others.

Skype is a global phenomenon - in 2008, Skype added 32 million users - ending the quarter with more than 370 million users, representing an increase of 51 percent from a year ago.
Anja Kafurke & Marlen Borst
have a spoken conversation with (someone) over the Internet using the software application Skype, frequently also viewing by web cam.
short definition:
5. Sources
Dudeney, Gavin & Nicky Hockly (2007), How to...teach english with technology.Essex: Pearson Education Limited.

Heim, Katja and Markus Ritter (2012), Teaching English: Computer- assisted Language Learning, Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh.

Teeler, Dede and Peta Gray (2000), How to use the Internet in ELT, Essex: Pearson Educated Limited.

Wood, Nancy (2002), Using Skype in the classroom to connect language learners. 17.10.2012. 08.07.2013. <http://www.blendedmec.com/special-guests/guest-blogs/using-skype-in-the-classroom-to-connect-language-learners>.


„Skype in the classroom“. 08.07.2013. <https://education.skype.com/>.





2. Some facts about Skype
Skype's 370 million registered users have made more than 100 billion minutes worth of free Skype-to-Skype calls.

Skype software is extremely secure, sustainable, and scalable. At peak times, there are over 14 million concurrent users and over 300,000 simultaneous calls. There are more than 100,000 information queries on the network each second.

Skype is available in over 28 languages and is used in almost every country around the world.

4. Advantages and Disadvantages
Enormous potential to link students around the world in real time
- Synchronous communication
- Cultural exchange

Many learners use Skype in their social lives

Skype offers different types of chat
- Text chat: communication takes place via typed text
- Video chat: communication takes place - - via audio and is conducted on the Internet

You need:
- PC with a microphone
- Loudspeakers
- Webcam

3. Skype and the EFL classroom

3.1. Skype and language learning

Conference Calls
- Conference calls with several users at one time

Instant Massaging or Chat
- Chat while real-time audio or video call (useful if the connection breaks up)
- Some students may find it easier to write than to speak

File sharing
- Users can send files in real time
- Discussion during a call
- Teachers can share activities or resources with students

Screen Sharing
- users share a portion of their screen or their entire screen with others on the call
- useful for giving presentations

3.2. Advanced Features of Skype

3.3. How to start using Skype with learners?

You need a clear structure and aims: What will the learners get out of the chat?

1) An introductory/ warmer phase
- Detailed introductions and an exchange of personal information

2) The main content of the chat
- Main task or a series of short tasks

3) A closing stage
- Learners summaries what they have covered or achieved in the chat and say goodbye

3.5. How to structure a chat lesson?


3.6. “Skype in the classroom“

Do you like the idea of using Skype in the classroom?

Explain why or why not!

Using Skype can be hugely motivating

- New technology

- Variety

Possibility of contacting and communicating with classes in other parts of the world

- Practice and usage of language in authentic situations
with native speakers or other learners

- Body language

Step 1: Install and learn to use the software

- Make sure you understand the basics of how to use Skype

Step 2: A practice chat class

- Find out if your learners use Skype
- Experienced chat users help the others
- Talk with them how to behave while chatting

Step 3: Contact with another class (remember: different time zones!)

- Make contact with teachers who would like to link up their classes
- Use text chat to make the first contact with another class less intimidating
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