FluencyNow Solves the ‘Geography’ Problem of Foreign Language Tutoring
November 03, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Education NewsSANTA BARBARA, California— FluencyNow.com today announced the launch of the first of its kind foreign language learning website providing live, conversation-based tutoring with native speakers using webcams and streaming video.
Each one-on-one tutoring session with a native language speaker allows a client to practice speaking and comprehending their target language. FluencyNow offers instruction in most “major” languages, including English, with new languages constantly being added. This service can be used as a primary source of learning or as a supplement to other instructional methods, such as group classes, books or CDs. According to Rachel Ballard, a co-founder of FluencyNow, “Studying grammar and vocabulary is a very important component of learning a foreign language. But to truly speak another language with confidence, nothing can replace practicing one’s skills with native speakers.”
Anyone pursuing language study can use FluencyNow to get conversational practice time. Languages currently offered include Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, English, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Nepali, Russian and Ukrainian, with new languages being added regularly. Schools and Universities can integrate FluencyNow as part of their foreign language curriculum. Tourists can make the most of a trip abroad by practicing the local language. Businesses can offer their employees language training to facilitate their international activities. FluencyNow can also be used for international employees in need of English conversation practice.
FluencyNow is internet browser based and uses Macromedia’s Flash plug-in. This means no application downloads to the client’s computer, eliminating any security risks to their computers or network. All that is needed is a high-speed internet connection and a headset with microphone. Each tutor uses a high quality webcam so the client can see, hear and converse with their tutor. The system has been designed for ease of use and good audio/video quality, without the need for specialized software and hardware.
The company is based in Santa Barbara, California. For more information, please visit www.fluencynow.com .