The Pen Pal Lessons
These lessons are tailored for the purpose of exchanging pen pal letters to the school(s) abroad as a cultural immersion experience for Japanese students. They are divided by school term and students' grade level that is integrated with the English classes. Each student is paired up with a student who are studying Japanese. What will your student now think of English?
Choose the pen pal lesson that you need below and print it out. Then, put them together into a B4 size worksheet. Include the "draft" letter template as well and attach it to each lesson. Bring the Japanese-English dictionaries to class!!
2nd year JHS
If your students would like to introduce "modern" Japanese culture to their pen pal, here are some examples:
(** These were written by Japanese students and hope they can be an inspiration to other Japanese students learning English.)
3rd year JHS
International Exchange Events
Your students have the opportunity to use their English to communicate to their pen pal and broaden their understanding of other cultures. But, what would happen if the two schools, a school in Japan and a school abroad, come together for an international exchange event? That experience, a school visit abroad or hosting an international exchange event, would produce positive educational benefits for students, teachers, and the community! Therefore, cooperation and support between the two schools are necessary. So, let’s challenge!
See an example of “an official letter request” for a school abroad to visit a public school in Japan.
Do you hope your students can experience a school visit in the future?
**Inspired by a head JTE from 2012 who initiated this pen pal project. Overtime, a team of English teachers in Japan and Japanese teachers from abroad made it possible for their students to enjoy learning a foreign language.