Expanding Language Skills with Pen Pals

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Spanish teacher Jennifer Anderson’s seventh graders at Westhampton Beach Middle School are expanding their Spanish speaking and writing skills though a new pen pal program.

The students recently met their pen pals, who attend a bilingual school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, via Google Meet. Both cohorts of students spoke about their respective schools, seasonal differences, communities and how life has changed in the last six months. The students all spoke in both Spanish and English.

“My students were very excited to connect with students their age from another country,” said Anderson.

The seventh graders will continue to write and converse with their pen pals throughout the school year to enhance not only their Spanish language skills, but their cultural knowledge as well. The classes will also work collaboratively on global projects.