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					Ideas for school
  links projects
        Learning outcomes
By the end of this session you will be able to:
compare a number of tools for collaborating
 with partner schools
develop and plan project ideas for school
 links projects
assess the usefulness and impact of such
 projects
         What are the benefits?
 Students…                        Teachers…
Present their work to the world    Collaborate and create school
Learn from authentic resources     links
Connect with and learn from        Access and use authentic
peers                              resources
Become global citizens             Involve their students
                                   Gain confidence

 Cultural awareness               International dimension

 Language skills                  Student-centred learning

 ICT skills                       Professional development
Some Resources
               A Day in My Life
Part 1
1. Where do you think the writer is from?
Malawi
2. How could this idea be exploited and extended for a
   school links project?
Students could write something similar and post it onto
   eLanguages to share with the partner school.
Students could choose someone from the partner
   school and read their profile and compare the
   similarities and differences in their lives
Students could write ten questions they want to ask
   their partner and post onto the discussion boards.
               A Day in My Life
Part 2
1. What is the aim of the project?
To explore the theme of a typical day in the life of young
   people in their countries
2. How many schools are involved?
Two - Bambino High School in Malawi and OldHill
   Primary school in the UK
3. What have the pupils uploaded?
Photos from school, Word documents with students
   writing on a typical day, PowerPoints with profiles of
   themselves
             View From My Window
1. What age group is this project aimed at?
   UK students aged 11-14. However, as students whose first language
   is not English, it could be done with older students. However, there
   isn’t anything overly complex in the idea and could also be done with
    younger students if modified.
2. How many lessons would this project take?
   Two, although this could be extended (see ideas for question 7)
3. What are the learning objectives of lesson 1?
   Students learn what is meant by adjectives and how to write an
    effective piece of effective writing.
   Students prepare a rough draft describing the view from their
   classroom window or a classroom in another country.
4. Where can you find the example text (taken from Hard Times by
    Charles Dickens)?
   Resource Sheet 1
5. What are the learning objectives of lesson 2?
    Students review again what constitutes an effective piece of extended
writing.
    Students review other students’ work and make constructive
suggestions.
    This exercise is a good example of process writing.
6. At what stage do learners post their writing on the Internet?
    Once a final piece of writing has been agreed upon.
    (At the end of lesson 2).
7. What could be done with a partner school once you have posted your
    classes descriptions?
     • write questions for a partner school based on their views
     • exchange photos of their views
     • extend this to be the view from their bedroom/their ideal home
     • discuss what they see in the 4 examples in Resource Sheet 3
     • compare and contrast their own views and views from other
     countries (different cultures will see different things)
                   Email exchange
Why do it?

  this is highly motivating for students as they are using language for real
  conversation – because of this students often want to spend a long
  time writing their messages
  don’t worry about total accuracy – too much correction may inhibit
  students’ desire to communicate
  emails are usually informal – there may be the need to do some skills
  work on informal writing first
  a good working relationship with the partner school is needed so
  students know their mail will be replied to
  it’s best to pair students with another pair so students have two points
  of contact (useful if a student is away/ill)
Thank you!

				
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