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Lesson 11 - Pen Friends / Free Talk



Lesson Objectives: To allow the students to contact other students in the UK - Pen Friends - in order to improve their written skills and enable them to find out more about student life in the UK. The second part of the lesson will involve discussion - this is to encourage students to speak in groups and learn how to communicate more effectively.


Lesson Activities: Students tell us about their Pen Friends - and we discuss the options for setting up pen friends in the UK. Second part of the lesson involves discussion in small groups.


Pen Friends:

(Normally called Pen-Pal's) can be people that you write letters to, or people you send e-mail with.

We are going to set up links for students in our university with students in the UK. If everyone can write a letter to the UK we will post them altogether. (More information to be given in lessons)

  • Have you any pen pal stories?
  • Have you any pen pals who live in other countries?


Free Talk Lesson:


In groups of 5 or 6, discuss one topics, the questions given in lessons will be things like:


  • Do you have any pets? (If not, would you like to have a pet? Why / Why not?)
  • How did you get your Chinese name? (What does it mean? / Do you like your name?)
  • When you were a child, what things were you afraid of? (Why?)
  • What makes friends different from family? (Discuss)
  • When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? (Explain)
  • Do you think if you get married that you will change? (How?)

  • Would you marry someone that your parents didn't like? (Discuss)





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