Course One: Final Project-Amigos en Asia
My students in DP Spanish I were reading a book that mentioned a student attending a school Singapore. Most of my kids asked, “¿Dónde está Singapore?”. Normal response for kids living in the US… A few more questions came up. So, we decided to send letters to kids in Singapore to have our questions answered. This connects well with WL standards. We started writing letters (typing) when we realized we should just share the letter/doc with the students in Singapore. A much faster option and we could include pictures and links. My students are NEW to a GAFE environment so the logging in, share settings, and creating links took a bit to sort out.
Here is the doc we used to choose a buddy and post our letter. Our sister class in Singapore did the same and added their letters to the doc in response to what my students had first written. We also need a short intro so a few students made a short video introducing our school and our class.
The minute we had officially shared all our letters students wanted to know when we would hear something from our new friends. They asked everyday if I had received the letters so they could read them. The power of connecting with someone on something personal is so powerful. They were hooked.
Upon reading their new friends’ letters they immediately judged the Spanish level of their friends and had lots of cool comments.
- Wow, my girl is smart. Her Spanish is amazing.
- Cool, we take the same classes.
- She saw Maroon Five!
- He likes to ski, too.
- I cannot believe how many languages he speaks.
We used butcher paper to share out a bit what we had learned from our friends.
My students want to continue to communicate with their friends in Asia. They originally said they wanted to Skype with their new friends but most were nervous about their Spanish ability and more were just nervous to meet someone new. So, we are going answer their questions, react to what they wrote, ask more questions and share more about our lives. We will do this by making a video. The video will give us a chance to alter the Spanish audio if needed. We can add subtitles as well. Lastly, closer to the end of the school year, we will hold a few Hangout Sessions where students can jump in and meet their friends. We are always open, however, to any idea our school in Singapore may have on the process.