Time needed: 15-30 min
Why? International partnerships and connections support intercultural understanding. Friendships between students out of different cultures offer students different views and learning strategies.
When? You can use this to give students research task while introducing a new topic, as well to find out deeper knowledge in already taught topics.
How? Involve those letters in the normal lesson, offer students task so that they can ask their partner abroad. Those learning outcomes are very effective, because these are private letters involving taught topics, private conversations between friends based on knowledge absorption is the most effective learning strategy.
Any risks? The only risk is that the students just write private notes to their friends, but most of the time experiences shows that this fact is very seldom, they use their natural curiosity to ask also about how they deal with taught topics to hope to get an easy strategy and results.