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Year 9 Native Chinese Pen Pal Programme

10 November 2016

Our year 9 native class has started a pen-pal programme with our sister school Nord Anglia International School, Hong Kong. The aim of the programme is to increase understanding of teenagers’ life in Hong Kong and to encourage the students to make friends and to write about topics of interest to them.

  • Year 9 Native Chinese Pen Pal Programme
  • Year 9 Native Chinese Pen Pal Programme

The students started to write letters in September.

The students are really enjoying the programme. See below for how they talk about the activity:

“I think that this pen pal program is really cool as we get to talk to and meet new people around our age that live in different environments to us. Also, in a time when we rely primarily on our phones and social media to communicate with others, I think writing letters is a really interesting experience that also helps improve our Mandarin.” (Natarsha)

“When the replies came, the whole class erupted into cheers. It’s so exciting writing to someone in such a traditional way; it makes us all cherish these letters so much more.” (Lara)

 “It is slower than technology, but we all enjoyed the moment of waiting. While waiting, it doubled the expectation and tripled our excitement!” (Hayeong)

“I personally think that …communication with other ambitious pupils in the far lands of Hong Kong is quite a special and meaningful activity….it allowed me to learn plenty more about their lives in Hong Kong.”(Louis)

Shelley Li, Head of Seconday Mandarin