Skype Course: Multimedia for English Language Teaching: Theory and Practice Professor: 施雅純 Student: Jeff Wang Student number: 69804007
Introduction for SKYPE
Skype is a software application that allows
users to make voice calls over the Internet.
It allows Skype users to call traditional
telephone numbers, including mobile
telephones, for a fee.
Unlimited calling plans and fees.
SkypeIn (beta) allows Skype users to receive
calls on their computers which is dialed by
regular phone subscribers to a local Skype
d. Skype Voicemail:
This service allows callers to leave voice-mail
messages for Skype users. This is currently a
service that users have to pay for, though the
company Kishkish offers a Skype voicemail
service for free.
e. Skype chat:
It supports group text chat with an interface
similar to Windows Live Messenger.
f. Skype me:
Skype lets users set their status to "Skype Me,“
which indicates they are open to callers from
around the world. Setting one's status to Skype
Me attracts a number of callers who want to
practice a foreign language (usually English).
g. Skype video calling:
Skype currently only supports one-to-one
video chat; more than two parties are allowed
to talk, but three or more video feature is not
supported, neither is making video calls to
non-Skype cell phones. Hence, only audio, not
video, is available for teleconferencing.
Skypecasts are live, moderated conversations allowing groups of up to 100 people to converse, moderated by the "host" who is able to mute, eject or pass the virtual microphone to participants when they wish to speak.
i. Skype SMS:
Skype 2.5 (and above) is able to send SMS (short message service) messages to mobile phone numbers.
j. Skype web toolbar:
It is a browser extension which can
automatically detect phone numbers on web
pages. It can reformat these numbers to make
them accessible to the Skype client.
k. Skype Zones:
Skype Zones Beta is software powered by
Boingo that provides access to Skype through
Skype-friendly hot spots.
l. Skype history logs:
A log file is created for each contact on a user's
contact list. Log files are stored locally,
meaning they are not available if a user
It is a community-generated directory in
n. Skype Prime:
It is a beta feature in Skype 3.1. It allows users
to call lines that charge per minute, usually for
advice on a particular topic.
o. Invisible Calling:
Version 3.0 adds the ability to connect and
talk to other users without actually being in a
conference. In this mode, the user can talk to
multiple users without those users having the
ability to communicate with each other.
p. PocketSkype: It is a thin version of Skype and developed
specifically for PDA( Personal Digital
Assistant ) devices and any mobile software. It
helps people to make free, unlimited calls.
PocketSkype was made to give users more
choice and flexibility.
q. Portable Skype:
Under Windows, Skype can be run directly
from a USB memory stick without being
installed on the host computer.
How can we use it in language learning
a. We can chat in different language online like
MSN. Thus, it will mainly enhance our
writing and reading skills.
b. We can talk online in different language
through microphone. Thus, it will mainly
enhance our listening and speaking skills.
Procedures for chatting on skype
Step1: Contact list
Procedures for talking on skype
Step1: Contact list
Step2: Press the button
Advantage & Disadvantages
Advantages & Disadvantages
a. The text message sometimes couldn’t be
receive immediately but received the next day.
b. The quality of voice is sometimes too
unclear to hear clearly, so this really disturb
user’s language learning.
a. 高嘉璘 (2008) 。 應用 Skype 提升高職生英語口說能力之行動研究 。 國立花蓮教育大學碩士論文， 花蓮市。