Brazilian kids learn English by video chatting with lonely elderly Americans
Brazilian teenagers looking to improve their English have been chatting with a group of people who just want someone to talk to: elderly Americans.
FCB Brazil's "Speaking Exchange" project for CNA language schools pairs young Brazilians with men and women living in a Chicago retirement home. They talk via Web chats in what has become a mutually beneficial — and touching — arrangement.
As the CNA site says: "All students really want is to speak English fluently. And here at CNA English school, we are always thinking of ways to improve learning, making it more real and human ... CNA believes that the Speaking Exchange is a project in which everybody wins. A great chance for students to practice English and meet people with lots of stories to tell, as well as an excellent activity so that the elderly feel active and make new friendships."
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