5 Innovative Language-Learning Tools
Adding Social Networking to Online Courses
Looking for structured learning online? Livemocha offers beginning-to-advanced courses that were developed in partnership with educational publishing powerhouses Pearson and Collins. The Livemocha community consists of nearly 10 million learners representing 195 countries and 38 languages, including Cantonese, Kazakh, Icelandic, Yiddish, and Sanskrit. A mix of traditional course content and social networking, the Livemocha method involves both independent study and user-assisted assessment. There are flashcards, games, quizzes, and a phrase arcade, which presents vocabulary in the target language with corresponding images and translations. Users can also complete spoken and written exercises and submit them to native speaker users for review.