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One of my favorite teaching and learning opportunities is networking and providing social and cultural opportunities that extend my classroom walls.

My American students and I skyped with a class in Ghana.

May 2011 RECIHS

Materials needed:

  1. Internet access
  2. Personal laptop to access Skype
  3. Skype
  4. Smart board or projector for whole class viewing 

Procedure:

  1. Teachers schedule Skype session with Time Zone differences in mind
  2. Students view teacher introduction which include: name, school, grade and subject taught
  3. Students volunteer to introduce themselves and ask questions
  4. Pre-written questions can be written and discussed prior to Skype session

Topics/Themes:

  1. Coming of Age
  2. Choices
  3. Identity
  4. Travel
  5. Shopping and Souks
  6. Communication
  7. 21st century technology
  8. Culture
  9. Adventure

Sample Activities:

  1. Poetry share
  2. Book talk
  3. Critical quotes
  4. Class goals and achievements 

If you’re interested in scheduling a Skype session with Me and my UAE students in Abu Dhabi for the 2015-2016 school year, feel free to email me.

I’m also looking to organize ePals (e-mail pen pals for my students).

USA meets Ghana in English Class

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