Letter 8: My country


 
 
 

This letter is going to be about your country. The idea is not to give a geographical or historical description, but to take a look through the eyes of the children. They must indicate what they like and dislike about their own country. An assignment which is even more difficult is to write what they think of, or know about, their partner's country.

In this respect, it would be useful to explain the concept of stereotypes to them. There are plenty of stereotypes you could mention about European countries.

 

e.g. The Dutch wear wooden shoes and eat cheese all the time.
The French drink wine, wear berets and smell of garlic.
The English wear bowler hats and fight at football matches.
The Danish are boring.
The Germans shout a lot and always drink beer.
The Italians always flirt and drive very fast.

 

 

 

If you have used the previous theme, you know that the students had to answer a number of questions. They also had to predict their partners' answers. Stress that they should include the number of correct predictions to the questions in letter 7 in this letter. They could also count how many times their answers were the same and possibly comment on this.

After writing this letter students can be challenged with different assignments. It's up to you and your colleague to decide if you want your students  to do all or just one. 

1. gather useful internet links about partnerís country and they exchange them / they collect useful links of their own country and publish or e-mail them to the partners to explore the information.

2. prepare a leaflet (booklet) about their own country:

  • each pupil will choose from the letter they wrote to their partners one thing they like and one thing they dislike about their country;

  • they should create illustrations (either photos or drawings) for these two sentences;

  • prepare a  booklet  called "Our country viewed by the eyes of class.(A)..";

  • all the children will be represented in this booklet through his/her sentences as well as the illustrations to go along with them.

3. build WebPages about the partners' country:

  • each class prepares a questionnaire about the partners' country;

  • organise a chat session between the 2 classes (depending on the number of students you can divide the class in 2 and have 2 different chat sessions);

  • the objective of the chat session is that all the questions are answered by the partners;

  • with the info gathered during the chat students build WebPages about the partners' country. 

4. They can organise videoconference about the topics mentioned above if they have that technical possibility.

Remember that beforehand you have to discuss these ideas with your partners and decide if you want to develop all the activities or just some of them. It will greatly depend on the technical possibilities you have at school and  on the willingness of your students as well.

 

 


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