Oct 4, 2008

VOA Special English - Weekly Report

Join the new English Learners Group at USA Votes 2008

You're invited to be among the first members of a community for English language learners on VOA's new Web site for the presidential election campaign. You can post videos, photos, audio tracks and comments.

Click here to go to the group page, and be sure to bookmark it. Registering to submit content is simple. Use the "join now" link at the top of the group page.

> Getting started: Here is a chance to practice your spoken English. Record a video with a message related to the campaign and post it to the English Learners Group. (Or practice your writing and post a comment along with a photo.)

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