Our Top FAQs
Worldly is a new tool for leveraging global learning in the language classroom, and we’ve gotten quite a few questions about it. Here are some of the most common and their answers.
1. Who can sign up?
Worldly operates through a closed system in order to keep students safe. Only school administrators and teachers can sign students up, which ensures that students on Worldly will only interact with peers from verified schools.
2. How do we keep students safe?
In addition to verifying only real students and teachers are using the site, students are able to review their interactions with other students and report inappropriate behavior, all of which is available for teachers to review in their virtual classroom. Teachers will be able to monitor all of their students’ interactions on the site, from private messages to real-time games such as Catchphrase through recordings.
3. How can teachers use Worldly? Do students use it during class or outside of class?
Worldly is a tool for conversation practice with native speakers and can be used however a teacher best sees fit for their classroom. Teachers can assign games and exercises as homework, in-class activities, or both! With every assignment, students receive a score, which helps build a picture of student performance detailed in Worldly’s analytics. Our analytics provide teachers with a record of individual and class-wide performance over time with regards to specific skills (vocabulary, grammar, fluency, etc.), helping pinpoint how students are improving or where they may be struggling. Worldly also offers the option of private games, which are just for fun and allow students to play with friends.
4. When students are practicing together, how does Worldly ensure that each student gets enough time practicing their foreign language?
Worldly’s structure is that of a language exchange, so students practice together through games and exercises that involve at least two languages. Each game or exercise is divided into segments in different languages, giving structure to ensure that each student gets adequate practice in their foreign language while also helping a peer learn theirs. The only way to succeed is through collaboration.
5. Are students using Worldly to connect with pen pals or exchange students they already know or are they using it to make new connections?
While Worldly is a great way to stay in touch with peers from other countries students may already know, our hope is that students will use Worldly to expand their circle and make new connections with peers across the world. We want a student from any classroom to be able to use Worldly not only for conversation practice, but also to build new frienships and international connections.
6. Students may want or need to practice with people in different time zones. How will that work?
We offer both real-time and non-real-time games and exercises, so students in different time zones can always practice easily via a non-real-time option. For real-time practice, students can use Worldly’s internal messaging service to set up a mutually agreeable time to either join a game or set up a private game.
Still have questions? We’d love to hear from you! Please reach out to us via Twitter @Worldly_Info or Facebook: facebook.com/WorldlyLanguageExchange/.
If you want to try Worldly at your school, visit us at: https://www.world-ly.com/beta/