Overseas pen-pals not only give students motivating writing practice but also promote world friendship and global awareness. Pen-pals can be arranged through international agencies, sister cities or personal contacts. English pen-pals don't have to be limited to Americans, Canadians or Australians. North-South or Asian penpal programs with young people in India, the Philippines, Venezuela or Korea can also lead to very powerful global learning, Another alternative is for your class to adopt a Third World foster child from groups such as Foster Plan Japan to correspond with in English.
Local visits in the community can also provide rich material for classroom English practice. Excursions to garbage recycling stations, Korean schools or Islamic culture centers can all make classroom lessons on the environment, minorities or world religions more meaningful
Why not join your students and take part in a volunteer or charity event? Organize a litter pick-up at your local beach, Take your class on a 10-mile charity walk a-thon and speak English with them for 2 hours as you raise money for refugees overseas. Think up a creative way to raise funds for groups like Oxfam or Amnesty International All these activities allow you to help your students become concerned world citizens while giving them extra English language practice outside class,