Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Skype Buddies

Tomorrow we will be hooking up via Skype with our buddies in Pennsylvania, U.S.A to compare and contrast our lives, likes and school-life. From the comparisons of our classrooms through to the sports we play and the interests that we have, we will be interviewing one another to find out what we have in common and what differences there are.

For my class, hearing American accents will probably roll over their heads without them even realising there is anything different. My students spend their lives watching American TV programmes so there is nothing strange about hearing that accent at all. But for the students from Pennsylvania, our cute wee Kiwi accents may prove rather interesting!

The class have prepared some cool questions for their buddies and have included a wee quiz about New Zealand to see if they know of the things about our country that we find important. This is all part of putting learning into real life contexts as well as expanding our world knowledge, pushing out the classroom walls and becoming global citizens.

Some of the questions that they have written are:

  1. What is a Kiwi?
  2. Which country governs New Zealand and who is their royal leader?
  3. How many main islands are there in New Zealand?
  4. What is the population of New Zealand?
  5. Which country is our closest neighbour?

There are some New Zealand flags as well as some mascots to show so I expect there will be a lot of fun and a lot of learning too.

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