The Ultimate Guide to Organising Language Exchanges (How to organise your…
The Ultimate Guide to Organising Language Exchanges
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What is a language exchange?
What's so great about LE's?
Conversational, real-life language
You, not a teacher, is in control of your time and what you're learning
There are also some downsides
Sometimes it doesn't work out! - Breaking off a language exchange partnership that isn't working isn't the nicest
It can be hard to find reliable exchange partners.
You can talk about the topics that most interest you
How to find LE partners
Online - italki, speaky, etc.
Attend an LE meet-up in your city
Arrange with someone to meet regularly to practice.
How to approach people
Know what you want: Have your idea mapped out in advance.
Sample email that can be used.
How to organise your LE?
Only speak the target language when the focus is on that language.
Don't correct every single error - focus on common errors which are repeated.
Don't interrupt the other person to correct them, Note down the errors and discuss them
the person has finished talking
Find a time that works for both of you and meet at the same time every week.
If your meetings are haphazard, the partnership likely won't last more than a couple of weeks.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Understand that mistakes are part of the process and embrace them
Set clear time limits for each language. Decide which language will be spoken first and stick to that language. Give each language its own time slot and don't switch between languages.