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Welcome to the One World Project Wiki!

We began this wiki in 2007; let’s continue to use this wiki page to collaborate and to share successes we’ve had with our students in the One World Project.

from Nancy Gibson, Multilingual Academy, La Puente High School, La Puente, California, USA...
One of the benefits of this project is that my students in the Multilingual Academy, who are normally reluctant to speak English, have improved so much through the use of podcasting. As we have received responses to our One World Project surveys, the students have enjoyed reading about other cultures. Before recording the podcast files, they use the culture survey responses to make charts about the similarities and differences of their cultures and the students from other countries. They use these charts as their script for the podcast discussions. Even the most reluctant speakers, with a little encouragement and pre-planning, are able to contribute to the podcasts in a positive way. When we return from winter break, we still have more surveys to read about and discuss in our podcasts (which can be accessed at our website), and I’m sure that the students’ fluency and confidence will continue to improve as a result of this on-going project which connects with their interest in learning about the lives and cultures of real students their age.

from Caroline Elnéus, Torskolan, Torsås, Sweden
This project has been quite amazing! It has changed my whole class in a very positive and interesting way…

I teach a Swedish/English class (30 students). The majority of them have reading and writing difficulties and can’t manage a second language: German/French or Spanish. Instead they get extra support in Swedish and English. Normally these kinds of classes are very “low status” here in school. We call them “slow groups” and that’s not a very positive term. So one thing we wanted to do when we started last term was to change this attitude or opinion among the students and teachers as well. And I think we have managed, and I’m quite sure it’s because of our work in international projects and that we have brought “new” technology into the classroom like podcasting that is such a great tool. It motivates the students and encourages them and suddenly communication becomes important and, most of all, fun! This is a basic need for classroom success especially when you work with students that have problems in school. You need to find different ways and this is absolutely one way that works.

Since we joined the One World Project my students have become more motivated and it has meant a lot for their self-confidence. The atmosphere in the classroom has also become friendlier and other students at school have started to ask questions about our work, because it seems like we are having fun. That’s a good observation because we really are! Of course this makes them feel important and special too. The whole class has become very enthusiastic and some of them have started to speak in English for the first time. I think it is because they “see” or hear that it doesn’t need to be perfect - you can communicate and understand each other even if you make mistakes sometimes. The fact that the communication is for real and that they get feedback from students from another part of the world keeps them going. They want to work because they are interested in knowing about their new friends.

I really hope that the One World Project will go on and that we can continue our cooperation. It means a lot to me as a teacher too. I’ve learned lots of new things this term through the project. It’s a very exciting way to teach and there are so many possibilities. We are just in the beginning of this journey!

from Luiza Gervescu, the "Ion Barbu" High School, Bucharest, Romania
I could say that I am a lucky teacher - our students are really interested in English and actually get involved in all activities connected to it very easily. Their motivation motivates me and my other colleagues in the team to always challenge them and this is what the Multilingual Academy represents for us: a very complex and inviting challenge, which helps us communicate, share thoughts, get in touch with people all over the world and come out of it still ourselves, yet enriched and improved.

One other very important plus that this project has brought to us is that we have chosen to work with students belonging to different high school classes, so as to form an eclectic team that has become quite homogeneous thanks to the work topics proposed by Nancy. I wholeheartedly congratulate Mrs. Gibson for her initiative of starting and keeping this project alive - I admire the commitment and seriousness with which she dedicates herself to it and I believe it is a unique opportunity for children/ teenagers to express themselves freely and compare their opinions with those of their peers all over the world. We, as a team, can only be proud and grateful to be part of the Multilingual Academy.

Our past podcast files are in the Culture Podcast section of our website at - - just click on the link to "Student Culture Podcasts". If you are interested in learning more about the project, please visit our site.

If you are a teacher and would like to join the One World Project, please contact Nancy Gibson via this e-mail link.