In the past if you wanted to learn a foreign language you had to hire a private tutor or take classes at a school. The Internet has allowed people to take online language courses and forfeit the need to attend a class or hire a tutor. However, language classrooms have started taking advantage of video conferencing in order to offer different options to students. With the introduction of webcams and webcam software that allows you to see and talk to a person over the computer, anyone can take advantage of video conferencing when learning a language.
In order to successfully learn a language online through the use of video conferencing, you need a stable Internet connection, a good webcam, and a good set of speakers. Most webcams come equipped with microphones, but if you use a camera without a microphone you'll need to purchase a mic also. The newer laptops and desktop computers have cameras built right into the frame, so you can video conference by simply turning on your computer and signing onto the program.
To begin a video conference, you will set up a day and time with your instructor. Often, the instructor is a native speaker of the language who takes the time to teach you the basics of the language, along with allowing you to have one-on-one conversations with a native speaker. You may have lessons that you need to complete, or your instructor may ask you questions that you answer online. Many video conferencing websites make the instructor's schedule available to you, and then you pick the day and time that works best for you. Learning a language online allows you instant access to the materials when it's the best time for you.
When you sign onto your language program, you will connect to your instructor. You should be able to clearly hear and see the instructor. It's vital that you fix any lags in the program, because you need to be able to see and hear the instructor without the software skipping or freezing. Once you sign on, your instructor will greet you and you can begin conversing. Treat your online instructor like you would any other teacher. Take the time to ask questions and make sure that you really understand the language. Remember that the teacher can also see and hear you, so if you need to show written work or a passage from a book or magazine, hold it up and let the instructor see what you need help with.
The benefits of a language conference include being able to converse directly with a native speaker, having the ability to ask questions and get answers, and the opportunity to always learn something new. Unlike CD programs where you are listening to a recorded voice and repeating the sentences, you are getting to practice the language with a real person who can critique your use of the langue and provide you with written assessments of your progress. By combing video conferencing with online language activities, you can become fluent in a second language fairly quickly.