I shared the website ePals, which I've used as a main component of a bilingual correspondence project in the past couple of years.
Keep in mind that it's up to you to decide what other technology to integrate to best suit your needs and your students needs and interests! You could have them record themselves using a microphone & computer, or a iPod or other mobile device, or even a digital recorder! Make a movie showing each of your students sharing a couple of sentences about themselves, the school, our country. If time zone differences permit, organize a live online real-time chat using video or simply a text chat room. The possibilities are endless.
a zip file containing my presentation, sample permission letter, organization chart to track which classes communicate with which schools (in which countries, and with what types of preferences...) and some other resources I've created for this endeavour. Feel free to use these for your own class projects! I'm very open to any feedback and improvements that you can suggest for me as well, as this is something I plan to continue and do find a bit of a struggle to organize without feeling the workload pinch! The students love it so much, that I have a student with an IEP indicating an exemption from Core French but this student still wanted to be part of the project. Another student is seeking an exemption, and also wants to continue to correspond with the international pen pal.
|Source: morguefile.com - Mary R. Vogt|
I see the work I put into this as just one step in combating the negative attitudes of my learners towards this subject area that is so near and dear to my heart.