The Mixxer is an educational site which enables language learners to sign up to an online database and contact native speakers of the languages they are studying. Designed by Todd Bryant, language program administrator from Dickinson College, the service has allowed both autonomous students to meet other individuals or for teachers to set up group discussions. The Mixxer is free to use as it works via the popular VoIP telephony service Skype.
An English native speaker in England for example could contact a French native speaker in France so they could practise each other's languages through mutual support. If both parties agreed they could even record conversations allowing them to listen again later on their individual computers. See the FAQ list for more ideas on this topic.
"This is a great idea and seems to work well - since I joined the site, I’ve chatted with people from Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Japan, Spain and Taiwan, practised my Chinese, Japanese and Spanish, and have learnt some more Russian and a bit of Bulgarian."
To hear more about the project, listen to this podcast from Barbara Sawhill's website LanguageLabUnleashed where Barbara chats to Todd about The Mixxer and how it has helped language learners network with each other across the world. The conversation starts at approximately 4 minutes 15 seconds in.