The Mixxer hosted by Dickinson College is an entirely free non-profit website hosted by Dickinson College. What began as a small project to help Professor Meguro at Dickinson College find Japanese partners for her students has expanded to 30 - 40,000 active users per month around the world. The site is free and open to anyone looking to practice a with a native speaker in exchange for help with their own. Once registered, users can search for speaking partners via the Profile Search or submit a short writing piece and ask for corrections from native speakers. Those using the writing function are asked to return the favor by correcting short samples in their native language. Our guidelines are very simple. Members are here to practice a language (this is an educational site, not a dating site), and they agree to be respectful and courteous to all users at all times. Welcome to our community where everyone is both teacher and learner.
"The Mixxer has, every semester, taken the messiness and the headache out of finding language exchange partners for my students in Spanish, not to mention more than several dozen people willing to drop everything on a Friday morning just to chat with my students in Spanish on Skype. The community here is wonderful."
Barbara Sawhill, Spanish Language Instructor, Bowdoin College.
"In my online language courses, I require a Language Exchange for all my students. They are obliged to have a conversation with native speakers of French, starting with our NOVA ESL students from Francophone countries, family members who speak French fluently and students who use the Mixxer, a well-established language exchange program organized by Todd Bryant at Dickinson College. My online students frequently mention their satisfaction with the Mixxer program and the enthusiasm of the native French speakers with whom they connect. Over the years, they always mention the goodwill and patience of their language partners as well as their eagerness to practice English with a native speaker. As an instructor, I am delighted that the students get real time practice with French speakers who can help them with listening and their French accent. This program is a gem among language exchange tools."
Dr. Laura L. Franklin, a professor of French at Northern Virginia Community College.
References in popular online media
"When a university language course costs up to $5,500 a semester, it’s no wonder so many American adults never become bilingual in their spare time. But there’s a free way to learn language that’s just as effective and even more enjoyable: Find a language partner."
"Becoming bilingual opens up a whole new world of different people, different cultures, and different emotions. It also takes a huge time commitment—one that many of us can't dedicate to. But what if fluency was only 90 days away?"
Open Education Consortium, Open Education Week 2018
- Bryant, Todd. "Connect your Students with Native Speakers Today." The FLTMag, July 16, 2016. Accessed September 4, 2017. http://fltmag.com/connect-students-native-speakers-today/.
- Bryant, Todd. "The Mixxer." Educause Review, October 6, 2013. Accessed September 4, 2017. http://er.educause.edu/articles/2013/10/the-mixxer.
- Meguro, Akiko, and Todd Bryant. "The Mixxer: Connecting Students with Native Speakers via Skype." In Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom, 23-31. Research-publishing.net, 2013.
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