Technology brings native-speaking tutors into students' homes

03/26/2009 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Burlington, Mass., students who want to learn Spanish but whose schools do not offer any classes are taking advantage of Speak Shop -- an online program that connects them to native speakers in Guatemala and Venezuela. The students and tutors speak via Skype, a free software program that allows them to see and hear one another. Speak Shop was created four years ago for adults; Burlington Evening Academy is the first school to use it.

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