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Educators can help students develop the language skills and cultural competence needed to be successful in a rapidly globalizing world by using the NSLI-Y Interactive website to incorporate virtual exchange into their classroom. Virtual exchange makes authentic culture and language practice more available to students—those in U.S. classrooms as well as those studying abroad. Use the links below for suggestions on using NSLI-Y Interactive in the classroom:

Virtual Events

NSLI-Y Interactive hosts virtual events during the academic year. Individual students and/or entire classrooms can join our video conferences to communicate directly with NSLI-Y students currently studying abroad, as well as hear about cross-cultural experiences from NSLI-Y Alumni. These virtual connections will focus on daily life abroad, culture, language learning, and local history of the host countries.

For general information on upcoming Virtual Events and other updates from NSLI-Y Interactive to attend, subscribe to the NSLI-Y Interactive Monthly Digest.

U.S. educators interested in having their language classroom participate in a Virtual Event can complete this form to register.


“Thank you all so much for this wonderful experience. My students and I had an awesome interactive experience practicing speaking Chinese in front of a live audience across the globe. Watching NSLI-Y students’ live presentation and their authentic everyday learning experience in Taiwan opened another invaluable window for my students and I into the thinking and self reflection process regarding the real life application of learning Chinese languages and cultures… Today’s virtual experience gave my students and I a realistic global perspective with high hope for freedom, democracy and American education for Chinese language pedagogy.”

– Shan-Lee, Chinese Language Teacher, Boston, M.A.

NSLI-Y Interactive Activities

NSLI-Y Interactive is a hub for student-created media such as on-program videos, reflections, photos, blogs, and chats. These media sources can be used to support and enhance classroom activities or personal language learning.

NSLI-Y participants study language in an immersion environment, but also gain insights into the culture, history, and everyday lives of people in the host country. The following are three types of media that can be found on NSLI-Y Interactive and ideas for utilizing the media for classroom use or personal language learning:

  • Interviews as a Language Learning Resource

    Student Media Snapshot: Through the Eyes of a Host Family

    How to Use Story Series: This series is particularly useful for Korean language teachers and students. A NSLI-Y student conducted interviews in Korean with several host family members on their hosting experience, and created a five part series transcribing the interviews into both Korean and English. This series is a great resource to help students practice interviewing in a foreign language and sharing opinions.

    Alexi and host sister read a letter together.

    Language Curriculum Topics: Daily Routines, Family Life

    Activity Ideas:

    • Students can practice their reading skills with the story series on NSLI-Y Interactive that includes both Korean and English;
    • Interview each other in Korean; and/or
    • Write a letter to a host family.
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