Authentic language teaching?

by Derek Morrison, 19 December 2010

I come across the odd gem in my eclectic podcast listening and such was the case with an item in the BBC World Service radio programme Digital Planet of 15 September 2010 which focused on the work of which in its own words describes itself as :

“,,, a “fair-trade” language learning website, empowering people in the developing world to offer language learning opportunities to students in developed countries.”

The BBC News item about the initiative (17 September 2010) and the Digital Planet podcast are self explanatory and are both well worth a read and listen. Demonstrating perhaps another way of approaching teaching and learning and enabling those in other, sometimes less endowed, parts of the world to contribute whilst making a modest financial gain?

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