One important aspect of learning a language is getting connected into a community of students and teachers. That’s why we revised our Groups function on italki. We wanted to make it easier to have discussions about every aspect of learning a language.
What we’ve done is create official italki Groups for every language. Each language now has five official groups called:
- Learning the language
- Teachers and Schools
- Tests and Exams
- Culture and Society
- Travel, Living Abroad and Study Abroad
We made this change in order to consolidate discussions in each language. All of the previous user-created groups still exist, and you can still create your own group. As with before, each group is basically a forum where members of the group can create a topic and start a discussions with other group members.
We also wanted to highlight a few interesting ways you could use groups.
Many teachers have asked us how they can reach students who are interested in paid tutoring sessions. Teachers can now post information about themselves in the Teachers and Schools Group (example: Teachers and Schools for learning English). We think this could be a great place for teachers to market to students, and for students to learn more about a teacher’s background and teaching style.
Another interesting use of groups could be for sharing test knowledge (example: Tests and Exams for learning English. Now if you are taking a language test such as the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foriegn Language), the HSK (the main test for Chinese proficiency), or the AP Spanish test (US College Board’s test of Spanish competency) — you should be able to find discussions about how to prepare for them in the Tests and Exams group for that language.
In general, we just wanted to make it easier for the italki community to connect and communicate with each other. If you have any questions about how to use groups or want to send us any feedback on the site changes, please click on our feedback link or send us an email (feedback at italki dot com). Your opinions really help us understand where we need to improve the site. And keep reading our blog — we’ll be letting you know about our future updates here.