First, things you should never tell someone online are:
- Your address
- Your telephone number
- Never agree to meet with someone you have met online
- Before you go to the chat site, decide what information you would like to share and what you would like to know. It is good to think of a few things before you start as it can sometimes be difficult to get conversations started.
- Things you could discuss are;
The culture of the country
A good film you have seen recently
Taste in music or art
Jobs or studies
- It's good idea to have a few questions prepared on any of the topics you want to talk about.
- The information you share doesn't have to be true, but if you use your own experiences, you are more likely to have things to say.
- When you have 6 or 7 questions ready got to: http://omegle.com/ and click the 'Start a chat' button.
- One of the first things you may be asked is; "asl?" which means age, sex (Are you male or female?), and location.
- Remember: You don't have to be honest about these and never give anyone your exact location, a country or town should be enough to get conversation started.
- If at any time you feel uncomfortable with the person you are chatting with or if they ask questions you don't like, simply click on 'Disconnect' and you can start a new conversation with someone else.
- It might take a few attempts to get a conversation going, but don't be discouraged. It's all good practice.
Related links for teachers:
- AI and Chat Bots for EFL ESL
- Sending Bubble Joy to your EFL / ESL Students
- Video conferencing for EFL
- A Virtual World for Facebook Users
- Make your own chat room