Why do we need to learn another language? – To directly communicate with the world, and productively live in the global community. The Connecting with the World Project aims to create groups of teachers who want to join efforts in developing partnerships with colleagues in countries where the target language is spoken. These partnerships will allow our students to experience an authentic connection with the language and culture they are studying through collaborative class projects.
At the first stage of the project, teachers will become familiar with some ways to find a classroom match, and to create or join collaborative projects.
Later, the collaborative process will develop at two levels: 1) between each teacher and his/her partner abroad, and 2) between CCSD teachers who share ideas and experiences in developing and conducting classroom exchange projects.
Participants in the Connecting with the World Project,
Please, take some time, if you have not yet done that, and create your www.epals.com account. Then use the filter for connecting with teachers to select the language of communication, the age, country, areas of interest, etc. If you write a short paragraph describing what you are looking for and send it as a request to 8-10 teachers that look promising to you, chances are that you will receive replies quite fast.
With the desire to help, here is the paragraph that I sent to several teachers, and which led to establishing connections. For the purpose of this project, I am not working with my IB students from the French Exchange Program, but with students at level 2. You may make your adjustments to the text and use it as you wish.
I'd like to add you to my network on the ePals Global Community. My students are 14-16 years old, and have intermediate-low proficiency in French. I would like to pair them up with French correspondents learning English as a foreign language, so that both groups could use their foreign language when communicating. Students could give feedback to each other's language skills while discussing aspects of their cultures.
Let's begin sharing experiences, ideas, and advice!
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