I would like to create a ning platform where students here could exchange and make friends with students in Francophone countries, write blogs, post videos, chat, etc.
But, to make it work I need a group of motivated teachers who are willing to commit their time, energy and expertise into this adventure. We can start small of course. This platform can be launched at no dollar cost so that students from all backgrounds and all countries can join.
Of course there is a minimum requirement of getting access to the internet which, for many students, is still an impossible thing to do. But if schools are interested, no matter where, I am sure that benefactors will bring their support into this initiative.
Would you be interested in such an adventure? Any thoughts on this idea?
A friend of mine has also done teleconferences. It's difficult because of the time differnce, but a meeting could be set once a month for a specific time where both classes could be on line. It's great for the classes to "see" each other over the computer.
I think taking the language and using it as a real communication tool (as it should be) will make learning much more authentic and rewarding for my students.