Connecting Classrooms is a unique program that we offer to U.S. high school teachers who are seeking a cultural exchange for their students but are not yet able to travel. Through the program, we introduce your classroom to a similar classroom in Spain or France with whom your students will engage through email, digital presentations, Skype chat, or the communication platform you and your partner school choose. As a Connecting Classrooms partner, your school will develop international ties with a school in a different part of the world, while giving your students the invaluable language skills gained by practicing their target language with a native speaker.
To get started, fill out the Connecting Classrooms Request Form. Once we find you a match, we´ll connect you with the collaborating teacher at your partner school. You and your collaborating teacher will decide the communication mode and activities that will be most beneficial and engaging for your students. On the Request Form, we´ll ask you about your preferred contact frequency, type of collaboration (student-to-student vs. classroom-to-classroom), communication mode (real-time connection vs. digital sharing), and format (in-class vs. out-of-class) to find you the best match.
Connecting Classrooms is completely free. Visiting your partner school is an optional, but not obligatory component of this project. If travel becomes a possibility in the future, we will help you with the travel arrangements for planning a short-term exchange or visit to your partner school.
Watch this virtual school tour that one of our Spanish schools made for their partner school in Portland, Oregon, or read this article about two of our partner schools connecting in person after eight years of virtual exchange!
Ready to be matched? Click on the link below to complete the Connecting Classrooms Request Form to be matched for the 2018-19 school year.
Questions? Email us at info@ForumLanguageExperience.com.
Connecting Classrooms is currently available for classrooms in 9th grade and above. Please note that schools in Pacific and Mountain time zones are only eligible for written or digital exchange and will not be able to connect live with their partner school in France or Spain due to the time difference.
PLEASE NOTE: For American schools, we are currently accepting requests to be matched for the 2018-19 school year. If you are a Spanish or French school, you may apply for the 2017-18 school year.