International pen pals. Contact thread
Recently, a couple of us started a pilot project which involved setting up correspondence between two schools; one in Canada, and the other in Austria. It has been a resounding success and I'd like to tell any educators who are interested how we went about it.
First thing to note is that the children involved are 9 or 10 years old, and have been very excited about corresponding with children in another country. The Austrian children are using the experience to help with their studies in English, and the Canadians have found that it fits into several areas of their curriculum.
The teacher in the Austrian school is a member of iPF, and will be adding her comments to this thread in due course. If anyone would like any help in setting up a similar project, I'd like to offer some guidelines. First thing to note is that although we usually prefer to confine use of languages other than English to the international section, in this case we are encouraging the use of any and all languages in this thread, so that anyone who is interested can find a correspondent who uses a language that they are interested in.
iPF protects privacy. Please do not give personally identifying information in the main threads. Please use PMs to give email addresses and other necessary information.
Please take the time and trouble to make sure that you know who you are corresponding with.
I suggest that initially, any correspondence takes place between the schools involved, until you are comfortable with the any other parties involved.
Threads may be started in this sub forum of iPF if desirable.
I am not an educator. I am the parent of one of the Canadian children involved in the pilot project, but I'll help if help is required, within these threads.
If I missed anything, or anyone requires further information, don't hesitate to ask questions or place comments in this thread, or send me a PM.