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Brazilian Teens Improve Their English By Chatting With Elderly Americans

A Brazilian program connects teens looking to improve their language skills with Americans looking for a bit of conversation.

In foreign countries, young students often turn to American TV to improve their English skills. The CNA language school in Liberdade, Brazil, found an unexpectedly engaging—and more giving way—to help them learn. Through a program called "Speaking Exchange," CNA and agency FCB Brazil connected teens via web chats to elderly Americans at the Windsor Park Retirement Community in Chicago, who are eager for conversation.

Students record their conversations with the old timers, so that teachers can evaluate their progress. But for the Brazilian teens, learning to speak English well is only half as great as hearing a nice old lady call you her "new granddaughter."

H/t to Afreak.

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  • I'm not crying, you're crying.

    Seriously though, this is fantastic. This is such a lovely, inspired idea; I work with the elderly and the idea of them speaking to someone and having that connection... it affects you. I commend this to everyone to see it, spread it, and see if more projects like this can be implemented on a wider-scale basis. :)