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“More human”: Speaking Exchange draws generations together

Simcha Fisher - published on 05/11/14

This is just lovely. Brazilian students who want to become more fluent in English connect via Web chats with elderly men and women in a retirement home.

The conversations are saved and evaluated by an English teacher. And in the meantime, more than a better grasp of English can develop.

Adweek says:

The differences in age and background combine to make the interactions remarkable to watch. And the participants clearly grow close to one another, to the point where they end up speaking from the heart in a more universal language than English.

Ah, to be needed still. What a wonderful idea, and — as someone who constantly frets and worries about screen time and artificial experiences and alienation — how encouraging to see that technology really does bring people together sometimes.

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