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ABSTRACT A class of UCLA students conducted a language exchange with a group of students in Spain using a photophone—a telephone-like device which allows the interlocutors to see each other's still picture on a small screen while talking. This exchange is referred to here as a Tele-class.

This report describes such Tele-class while pointing out its linguistic and cultural gains, as well as its limitations. The U.S. students's responses to two questionnaires are also reported, in addition to a list of recommendations for Tele-class planners.

The experience proved to be a success, enhancing motivation, language learning, and cultural awareness. However, more similar projects and substantial research are needed to explore the full potential of the Tele-class as a language learning environment.