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Wed Aug 21,2019 03:46 AM

Hello everyone!

My CAS Project is creating an international pen pal network of students writing letters to one another in their foreign language. The way I intend for this to work is that students at my school can write to students in other countries (other than the US) in the foreign language that they are taking. Students on the receiving end would write back in English.

For example, a student taking Spanish at my school could write to a student in Bolivia. The student in Bolivia would respond in English.

In my experience in Spanish classes, I've noticed that most of my peers are better at reading than writing, and, in many instances, I find reading comprehension to be much easier than writing. Therefore, I decided, so that students on both ends benefit, they read the letter in their first language and respond in their second language.

If you are interested in participating, please let me know, and please get in contact with someone at your school that can help set this up. My school offers Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Hindi, and Mandarin as foreign languages, so if you are in a country that primarily speaks ones of these languages, and your (or your peers') second language is English, I encourage you to sign up and make a new international friend!

If you have any advice on how to connect with other schools for this project, please let me know!
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Wed Aug 21,2019 01:36 PM

Sounds fun, I already graduated in may 2018 but if there are shortages in german speaking natives I would for sure sign up. I can ask school officials when I see them by chance
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Wed Aug 21,2019 06:51 PM

If you're looking for more participants, I'd be glad to join. I'm from Canada so I can help with French postcards and I'm already pretty familiar with this kind of project. Just let me know how I can help or where I can sign up :)
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Thu Aug 22,2019 06:25 AM

I would love to, I’m from Australia and take Spanish at school :)
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Fri Aug 23,2019 02:11 AM

Noam: Thank you for the response. It would be great if you could reach out to school (whether in person, by email, etc.), even though you have already graduated. There are very few kids at my school in German, but I already have 1 that is for sure interested.

Bora: Awesome! There are definitely more kids at my school in French, and it would be much easier to mail letters back and forth from Canada to the US, so this is great. Is French everyone's first language, or are there kids that are native English speakers?

Tia: Since both the US and Australia primarily speak English, I'm not sure how this would work (as in, linking my school to yours). Everyone at my school has to take English A HL, but I do know some kids that are Native Spanish speakers; however, most of them tend to take French or Spanish as their foreign language. If you really want to participate, I could link you to a student that attends the connecting school in a Spanish-speaking country.

Thank you all again for your responses! If it's easier for you to message me on another platform, I have pretty much everything else, so just let me know.
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Thu Aug 29,2019 03:22 AM

Hey @brendanfrizzell, just wanted to let you know that I, for one, attend a French catholic school even though French is not my first language. So I could definitely help you out as an individual. However, my school's IB program is shutting down after my class graduates. If you'd like, I can see if I could set you up with a sister school that is just as proficient in French as my school is since I think it would be worthless to set you up with my school if you desire a long-lasting club. If you want to discuss anything further, you can contact me @bora.laze on instagram.
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Wed Sep 18,2019 04:59 AM

i would love to join if this gets up and running
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Wed Nov 6,2019 12:47 AM

@brendanfrizzell Hi Brendan! I just noticed your post after I did mine and I think we have the same purpose on our project. I would love to team up with you and be the co-leaders of IB penpals. I have already made a google forum survey thing and social media accounts for it. Let me know if you want to partner up!

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