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Voice over Internet Protocol
, permits internet telephony on desktop or laptop computers. The best-known VoIP service,
(see icon on left), is also available in an app version for mobile devices where, along with other similar apps, it offers an alternative to voice calls through a telephone service
efers to voice calls made over the internet, though nowadays it often takes the form of video calls, often with supplementary text channels.
VoIP is an ideal tool for conducting live interviews or pair and small group discussions. These can be recorded and
reviewed or transcribed later, and well-designed oral tasks can also form the basis for assessments. There are obvious applications of VoIP for language learning in particular, which has led to a number of services building language learning functionality around Skype or similar VoIP technology.
For information on using Skype and recording conversations for language learning, see Nik Peachey's
Skype Part 1: Recording Audio
Skype Part 2: Online Workspace
In addition to the well-known
, other VoIP services include
. For a fuller list, see Wikipedia's
Comparison of VoIP Software
Language exchange services can help to organise voice chat, often through Skype, and often with accompanying text channels. Examples include
My Language Exchange
SharedTalk Language Exchange Network
is a more generalised service for finding language learning partners.
Recordings of VoIP calls can be made using free software, such as
(which allows free recordings of up to 15 minutes) and the many alternatives listed in MakeUseOf's
The Quickest, Easiest Way to Record Skype
► going mobile
Apps such as
provide alternatives to voice telephony on smart devices, as does Apple's
on the iPhone. This can help avoid telephone costs in areas covered by wifi. All of the above apps offer a video channel in addition to an audio channel. See also
Variations on VoIP include audio
(sometimes called voiceboards), which can be set up through
. Audio messages can also be exchanged on apps such as
in the international market; see icon on right), and the
app designed specifically for language practice. With the
app, learners can chat to an animated video character, and thanks to speech recognition technology, they receive feedback on their own responses.
For academic and journalistic references about VoIP, see the
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logo above left is available under a
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Phil Wolff's Photostream
; the original can be found
. I owe several links to Claire Pinks.
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