Dizin Eklenmedi

Letter Exchange at School as a Method in the 21st Century

Received: 2014-08-07 Accepted: 2015-10-12 Published: 2015-12-15



Abstract: A considerable number of publications on innovative teaching techniques seek the application of Information Technologies in the classroom. However, the present study shows the results of the use of a traditional method in the context of second language acquisition: a letter exchange. A Spanish language class of an American elementary school and an English language class of a Spanish centre of the same kind carried out such activity, since it was not possible to do so via email or using the webcam. This paper studies whether it is feasible to use traditional second language (L2) acquisition techniques with pupils considered ‘digital natives’, born in the years 2003 and 2004. The aim is to explore the possibilities of the exchange of letters among pupils from both countries and different primary languages. We should eventually determine if this technique is of any didactic use in the 21st century in those cases where circumstances prevent us from communicating with IT..


Keywords: language learning, second language, letter exchange, bilingual education, cultural exchange


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