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Many of us would like to learn another language- or brush up on a language that may be getting a little rusty. There are a lot of tools out there that range from traditional classes to pricey services like Rosetta Stone. The tool we’ll be taking a look at today has some flaws, but is and interesting and potentially powerful 2.0 tool to aid those who would like polish up their language skills. Let’s take a minute to talk about:
From Live Mocha: “Livemocha is an exciting e-learning Web 2.0 startup founded by a group of experienced and successful entrepreneurs based in the Seattle area. Livemocha addresses a $20 billion worldwide language learning market fueled by rapid globalization, immigration and travel. Livemocha is a first of its kind web based language learning solution integrating online instructional content with a global community of language learners. Livemocha is a venture funded company backed by Maveron, a leading Seattle based venture firm with tremendous consumer and e-learning expertise.”
They go on to talk about how globalization led them to create a dynamic 2.0 site designed to aid people involved in international business. Traveling always dictates a basic understanding of a native language, but in order conduct business a deeper knowledge is required.
One of the most interesting things about Live Mocha is that hooks you up with people globally. If you are learning French, you will be matched up with native French speakers. And likewise, those learning English will be matching up with you as a native English speaker. As a member you can learn a language as well as help others learn yours- it’s a really dynamic and interesting tool.
Let’s take a look at what you’ll see if you decide to take a look at Live Mocha. Logging into Live Mocha is easy and will look like this:
Once you have logged you will be taken to your home screen. Here you will be able to see an overview of your Live Mocha activity. Live Mocha assigns you points for each activity done, meaning if you complete a reading assignment you will be assigned points for them. Also, when you critique someone else’s work you also receive “teacher points” to show that you have helped another member. It will look like this:
You will also have a box that will show you which language you are working on, how far along you are in that lesson, and will provide you a button which you would click to resume the lesson. It looks like this:
Below these displays you will see your language connections on Live Mocha. You will see people you have already “friended” as well as suggestions from Live Mocha. These are the people that will be helping you learn your chosen language- you can chat with them and exchange messages. The display looks like this:
Towards the bottom of this image you can see how many assignment submissions I have made, as well as those waiting for correction from my friends. I can click on those numbers and see what they have submitted for correction. If you choose to do this, you will go to a page displaying the submission. You will be able to rate the user on spelling, grammar, and content. You can leave a comment detailing the corrections needed, or you can leave it blank only rating the submission. It will look like this:
What I would like to do now is share with you a brief video tour of Live Mocha. I am currently taking their Mandarin course, and this is my actual assignment and lesson.
In closing, most of us realize that our world is getting smaller- we share a global space but not a global language. Learning new languages is an important step in becoming a global citizen and understanding the thousands of cultures that exist across this planet.