Refugee pen pal pro­gram a hit

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SCHOOLS -

MOSS­MAN State High School Year 11 English Com­mu­ni­ca­tions students re­cently be­gan a cor­re­spon­dence with Aus­tralian students in South Aus­tralia who come from refugee backgrounds.

Teacher El­liot David­son said he wanted to “bring back the seem­ingly lost art of let­ter writ­ing and pro­vide students with a gen­uine, mean­ing­ful con­text for do­ing so”.

“Some­times, to mo­ti­vate be­hav­iour, I need to jus­tify the rel­e­vance or im­por­tance of a class­room ac­tiv­ity - this was not one of those times.”

The students in Ade­laide are learn­ing English as a sec­ond lan­guage and come from a range of backgrounds, in­clud­ing Korea, Viet­nam, Afghanistan, Iran, Kenya, China and the Philippines.

REACH­ING OUT TO REFUGEES: stu­dent Rob­bie Do­ran

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