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!