PENFRIENDSHIP BETWEEN PORTUGUESE AND TURKISH STUDENTS

Internet is the most useful invention of this century. Teachers like surfing on the net. Why? Because they find out new ideas about their classes and meet teachers from other countries there.
The idea of penfriendship between Externato Oliveira Martins (Clube de Inglês) and Sungurbey Anadolu Lisesi started when two English teachers met on the net in December 2010.
PORTUGAL and TURKEY. It could be interesting to start a penfriendship between students from these countries. The common language was ENGLISH :)
Portuguese and Turkish students liked the idea to communicate with friends from another country. They wondered about their friends’ personality, physical appearance, daily life, hobbies, family, school, city, country, culture, etc. They had hundreds of questions in their minds.
It was easy to communicate through facebook, msn, etc. They chose the traditional way. The exciting way. They used “paper and pen” instead of “keyboard”. Because they wanted to write on a paper and touch it.
Sometimes they used to be afraid of making mistakes when they were speaking English. But they felt comfortable when they were writing letters to their friends. They saw that their friends also make mistakes. But that wasn’t important because they could understand each other well. Language was for communicating and they were more motivated after that.
They wrote their letters and began to wait answers for their letters. They sent photos to each other. When they got their letters ,they were very excited and happy. They read each other’s letters and helped each other to write the next letter. They wrote 4 letters to each other.
The students who didn’t have penfriends were very jealous with their friends :) :) When their teacher came into the class with an envelope which is full of letters, they didn’t get any :( They all want to have penfriends next year.

Thanks for the both Portuguese and Turkish students who participated in this penfriendship activity.
Thanks for Joana Camarinha, Natália Ferreira, Cristina Fontes and Atike Ünlü (English teachers) for leading this activity.

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8 Responses to PENFRIENDSHIP BETWEEN PORTUGUESE AND TURKISH STUDENTS

  1. Ana says:

    What a fantastic work… Actually, this is an amazing way to motivate and give new opportunities to the students.
    This blog is great. Congratulations and keep going.

  2. CR says:

    I agree with Ana’s comment. It also improves their english communication skills that might be helpful in real life conversations.

  3. Lúcia Moura & Luciana Valente says:

    Fantastic works :)

    Lucy and Lucy ( two members of the club) agree with all the comments and we loved all the letters…

    Do you want to keep exchanging letters with us? =P

  4. murat says:

    I know this project..I’m working at Sungurbey Anatolian High School…It was really good from the cultural exchange point of view…I hope this year my students will take part in this activity too…Lucies ,exchanging letters will go on ..don’t worry… :)

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  6. fascha says:

    Hi there, great job! I’m teaching in Malaysia and I’m doing the same project with Atike too =)

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