Skype is one of the most popular video call services. It’s not needed a lot of equipment and the software is user-friendly, enabling you to make video calls within minutes of downloading it. Skype is different from any other VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) provider because it is a peer-to-peer service, that is, the program distributes the running workload across Skype users’ computers via background processing, instead of running off a traditional server. It’s part of why Skype is so inexpensive.
I remember Kena and Aline’s class using Skype and I think it was very good, but not really the kind of think I would do. I guess if the proposal is practicing the student’s speaking skill, it won’t be the best way to do so, as it would demand more than just talking: it’s talking to a person the student’s probably never seen before, which means shyness wouldn’t be welcome in this kind of activity.
On the other hand, if the student wants to pratice some conversation and there’s a friend living abroad or even a foreigner met over the internet, Skype would be ideal and probably the best choice to keep in touch and practicing a different language.