I am a 6th grade teacher (ages 10-12) in Maine. This fall I will be sharing approximately 40 students with a fellow teacher (core content subject areas of English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Math). Our students do not typically take a foreign language until 7th grade, however we have arranged for local college students to come in once a week and teach some basic Spanish. We are trying to expose our students to other languages and cultures and choose Spanish as it is a widely spoken language and one that we feel plays a vital role in the global community.
We are searching for a class interested in a class interested in working on collaborative projects with us throughout the year (our academic year runs September through June). We already have a project developed that explores the defintion of culture that would allow the students to get to know each other. We are anxious to get this off of the ground and would love to hear from you! - Tricia
What a great plan! Your state has approved student email (free through ePals) to be used in exchanges like this one.
You can sign up for your free student accounts at http://www.epals.com/join You can get a couple of "test" student accounts to see how this works before school starts, then get your accounts as soon as you know student names in your class.
Also, if you are still looking for a Spanish-speaking classroom, thousands of teachers in Latin America and Spain are available for cultural exchanges online through ePals. (Also free to find a partner and free to use the cultural projects.) After you join, you can have a teacher profile and find other teachers.
For example, here's an ePals teacher of gr. 6 in Chile with 36 students. (You have to be in your ePals account to contact her.)
Region: Chile, South America Project Language: English, Spanish
Thank you for your response! I actually also posted this on epals. I have had a few teachers contact me with some possibilities. I am excited about the possibilities if it works out!