Make learning English an enjoyable journey for your students. Penfriends is not only a great practical activity to hold in the classroom, but an opportunity to build your students’ confidence, proving English learning can be fun, effective and inspiring.
How to get started
Register your school today, telling us where you are, how many students are taking part and the age group of your students.
It takes us about one week to check your registration. We will then welcome your school to our website and send you an email confirming your school is a member of Cambridge English Penfriends.
Choose a partner school
Look at the world map on our website to find a school in another country that is similar to your own school in terms of age range and number of penfriends. Your partner school has ten days to accept your penfriend request. When they accept, we will email you your Penfriends Activity Pack. This includes a:
- lesson plan
- certificate you can print out for each student
- members’ banner you can use on your website
- poster for your classroom
- ‘Penfriend Partner School’ letter for you to send to your partner school along with your students’ cards.
Use the lesson plan to help your students design Cambridge English cards, based on a theme you are given.
Choose thirty of your students’ cards, scan or photograph them, and upload them to our website for the world to see.
Post all your students’ cards to your partner school. Wait to receive cards in exchange and share them among your students!
We will provide new themes regularly. This means you can either send more cards to your partner school, or choose a different partner school to connect with more cultures around the world.
You could also arrange further exchange activities with your partner schools, such as emails, videos and class internet telephone calls.
Don’t forget to print out a certificate for each of your students!