Communicating across several continents is not unusual for students at Alicia R. Chacon International School, especially with their tovarish in Russia.
Seventh grade students in the Russian language program had their first Skype session with their sister-school of 13 years from Kostroma, Russia.
First, both schools developed a year-round plan that includes various topics important and interesting for teenagers. Then, students exchange Google Slide presentations to learn about each other.
During the first Skype session, students asked questions about school life in the USA and Russia.
Next session will be about music and its role in teenager lives.
The school has been using Skype for teaching and learning languages and cultures for eight years.
Alicia R. Chacon opened its doors in 1995, as a dual language program for kinder to 2ndgrade. It gradually added grade levels until reaching its current kinder through 8th enrollment.
Students are taught an enriched curriculum, which includes learning English, Spanish and either Chinese, German, Japanese or Russian. As part of their third language program, students participate in Kung-Fu, Gymnastics, Karate or Tennis.