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A Primary school English teacher thinks that it might be good for her students to use the language by talking to some other same aged students that have different native language. She has colleagues in other countries but she’s not really sure how she could utilize these connections and organize this kind of learning situation for her students. How could the teacher design an English course where international network is utilized? What activities are appropriate to organize locally and what should the students do in international collaboration? Why? What kind of technology is needed in this kind of collaboration?

This chapter will, based on the scenario described above, focus on how to facilitate a collaboration process between primary school children to promote the learning of
English and cooperation across borders.

In several primary schools around the world most students, no matter their native language, learn
English as a second language. And there are several challenges related to this. One of them is that it is hard for the students to learn English by talking to each other simply due to the fact that most of them are at the same level. They will learn English much faster when speaking to similar aged children about topics that interest them in a language they all need to learn.

The teachers or mentors should be heavily involved in this process to help the students along the way. In order to help teachers during this process, in this chapter we present:

1. Important concepts and a theoretical background for the scenario

2. Possible solutions for the scenario

3. How the solutions can be put into practice using existing technology

4. A list of useful resources for implementing the suggested solutions


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