Before a teacher is able to start a
project, some conditions have to be satisfied. Quite a number of
these conditions are mentioned in the list of 'General Hints', which
you will find in the next section. Below the most important clusters
For various reasons it is important that your partner and his/her
pupils do not differ too much with regard to the following aspects:
both forms should be of about the same age group;
Numbers: both forms
should have about the same number of pupils;
Level: both forms should
have about the same level of command of the English language.
Other differences between the two forms
should not cause any problems. They might in fact make the link even
Keep in mind that each teleproject or each subtopic of your
teleproject has a basic cycle of activities. This cycle need careful
planning to let it run smoothly.
You will introduce the theme of the (next) message. You and your
pupils discuss the theme and decide what activities are necessary for
writing the letter, supported by the material.
Writing the letter
Your pupils will first write a draft, on paper or computer. Then you
correct them according to the criteria previously agreed with your
partner (see general hint no. 14)
The letters of your pupils are being sent as electronic mail.
You await a confirmation from your partner that the messages were
The partner school will follow the same scheme as sketched above, and
prepare their own letters. In addition they can react to the letters
that were sent to them.
The letters of the partner school are sent to you.
You will send a message that you received the messages in good order.
Your pupils will read the mail they have received from the pupils of
the partner school.
A new theme is introduced, replies to previous messages are written,
personal news is added......
The cycle starts again......
It is vital to evaluate the project,
both during and at the end of the collaboration, with your pupils and
time that letters of the pupils are sent, you and your colleague
abroad keep each other informed of the development of the project by
adding an electronic note.
can always send messages separately in which the development of
activities or problems are reported. Also appointments that were made
earlier, e.g. on dates of transmission, are discussed and changed if
necessary. Plans with regard to the topics of the letters or the
sequence in which they are dealt with may be adjusted. Sometimes the
pairing of pupils is not successful. An example is the extremely
diligent pupil co-operating with a partner who writes very concise
end-evaluation is advisable.
pupils and teacher interim evaluations may prove to be worthwhile.
Suggestions, questions, and ideas from the side of the pupils can
improve the quality of the teleproject.
Golden Rule No. 1!!!
Electronic mail is a fantastic medium
for communication. But you will have to keep in mind that e-mail need
some rules for successful usage, especially in education.
This is why Golden Rule No. 1 within many teleprojects is: "ALWAYS
ANSWER". Nothing is more serious than you not knowing what
has happened to your partner when there is complete silence or vice
So please take care that you always
inform your partner, by e-mail, by fax, or by phone, about the reasons
of hopefully temporary electronic silence.
Good Luck in
the work to you and your students!!!