Language Café has been working in Kharkiv, Ukraine since February 2012. The new initiative gives high school and community college students the opportunity to improve their English skills and develop language fluency using the Internet. This spring, elementary school students joined the program, where they were able to use music as a language learning tool.
The Language Café is based in a telecentre that is a part of the Central I.S. Turgenev Library (Komintern District). Librarians have been helping Language Café users to get the URL addresses of the free websites for English learners. They also organize online appointments with English as a Second Language (ESL)professionals. Members of this community also travel around the world virtually and learn English songs.
According to high school student Nastya Kovalenko, visitors of the Language Café speak only English there. A few dozens of Ukrainian students have already participated in the project.
New technologies revolutionized ESL learning, having given students the opportunity to communicate to native speakers of English from any other place in the world using Skype and other similar software. Skype bridges the gap between people and helps them to get a better command of a language.
Nowadays language learners can improve their speaking skills and develop fluency using language exchange websites which we could not even imagine only 20 years ago. However, not everybody can afford a personal computer and an Internet connection at home, which is why telecentres provide these members of the local communities with excellent tools and experienced consultants.
The opportunities to use ICT in villages and small towns in Ukraine became possible thanks to the program Bibliomist, which has been actively working in Ukraine.
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