British Council International Education Week 2011 takes place from 14th–18th November, and celebrates the work by schools, colleges and academies to prepare young people for living in a global society and working in a global economy.
This takes many forms, including developing partnerships and projects with schools in other countries, carrying out international study visits and exchanges, online collaboration, hosting language assistants, and more. The international dimension plays an important role in helping schools to deliver core objectives for teaching and learning.
There are many schools working very hard to forge links and twin with schools abroad. I can only imagine the amount of effort and paperwork needed these days for a successful school trip abroad. Meeting face-to-face penfriends you have been writing to brings a new dimension to learning a language and gives pupils wonderful new experiences.
If you need a starting point for ideas on what to tell your penfriends try this free French Pen Pals Made Easy resource.