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The chief tip:  Improve your language skills with Skype, email and social networking.  Does this idea work?

Here is a typical result:  John Lipkin, a high school student in 2006 (I tutored him for the SAT), came to my classroom and met Fernando from Colombia, Sezar from Turkey and Karim from Germany.  John gave them conversation practice and was invited to the homes of these students -- John visited all of them over the next four years. (Learn more by contacting John at jalipkin@gmail.com). BIB Penpals is an opportunity for your child to meet people who will give an “inside tour” of cities – when your child travels, the other student of English will be a local guide.  Some of my U.S. students have traveled around Europe without staying in a hotel.
I invite you to contact me directly with your questions
954 646 8246 mobile
Skype  SteveEnglishTeacher

You have Internet skills:  Facebook, email, how to use Youtube to place a video of your school in easy reach of millions of people…

Why not get some community service hours using those skills to improve the lives of other people?

I am a teacher of English as a second language.  Teenagers from Europe, South America, Africa and Asia come to Florida to improve their accents every summer.  They return to their countries and ask me to find local U.S. teenagers so they can continue to improve their English.

You have what billions of people want:  the U.S. accent.  My students know British English, but they want to speak like you – you will help with “accent reduction.”

If you choose to participate in this helpful mission, there are some rules:
a)    Ask your parents to sit with you during the first contact by Skype.

b)    If you feel uncomfortable, stop the contact and talks with your parents.  ALSO:  report the incident to FreeEnglishLessons@gmail.com.  You should feel respected at every moment of the Skype call and there should be polite disucssions in email and text chat.

c)    Send me a copy of all email messages and Skype chat messages. I will use those records to calculate the hours of volunteer time.

d)    Please request a letter for “confirmation of volunteer hours” once a month.

Message to Parents
For this project to work successfully, your help is needed. Since you are a savvy worldly wise person, you can size up a person who wants to learn English:   Is the person polite?

The people listed on this web page are students that I have taught. I have additional lists of people who have asked for free English lessons but I have not taught them face-to-face. They appear to be sincere people and they are desperate to improve their English. 

Some more tips about Facebook
1.  Link with students from other countries.  This is the first step to learning more about other countries and cultures.   If you need some hints, contact me and I'll link you with students from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America who want to practice using English.

2.  TURN OFF "Places"
Since Facebook launched Facebook Places, anyone now can find out where you are when you are logged in. It gives the actual address & map location of where you are as you use Facebook. Make sure your kids know.
TO UNDO: go to"Account", "Account Settings", "Notifications",then scroll down to "Places" ...and uncheck the 2 boxes.... Make sure to SAVE changes !

"What should I talk about with people in other countries?"

1.  customs  "What looks strange to you about the USA?"    
2.  food   "Tell me about typical food in your cituy."
3.  music  "What is your favorite song?"
4.  holidays.  "Tell me about one of your country's holidays."

Brain Differences:  Watch the funny and accurate video on Youtube
find it by searching:
 "male female brain difference"
you can learn some Portuguese reading this video because it has Portuguese subtitles

Here are some students from BRAZIL 
Contact them by email through Jair, their professor

Here are some more peope who want to communicate with U.S. people.

Practice English
Help teenagers learn English and improve their accent 
U.S. Teenagers can get volunteer hours and learn cultural details from teenagers around the world.  (See BIB Penpals).

1. Teens need to get parent permission and guidance,
2.  For community service hours, keep notes of errors by the other student.  
3.  Send the phrases to  TLASteve@gmail.com  with time started and ended for reach conversation
4,  Forward a copy of every email to Mr. steve to check grammar.

Questions?  +1 954 646 8246

Your next penpal is here

Please select one of the people on this list and reach out.  They want to learn about U.S. culture and they want to practice English.

I taught these people face-to-face

Paloma in Brazil:  paloma_ortegas@hotmail.com
France:  benjamin.dumay@hotmail.fr
Falvia (Brazil) fla_martins_88@hotmail.com
Christian612@web.de bicycle enthusiast in Germany
Facebook:  ahmad.alzahri Saudi hospital administrator
Spain:  zarate_094@hotmail.com

I spoke to these people by Skype and email:
A teacher in Florianopolis, Brazil:  Jaluif@yahoo.com.br   SKYPE:

Skype: Novinshahroudi  mng.n.2006@gmail.com

Davitvanyan95 (skype)  16-year-old in Armenia

These are sincere people who have sent me many requests for conversation practice:
Thailand:   m555kennel@gmail.com

From India, living in Birmingham, England:  wardagemini@hotmail.com  skype warda12770

Tamara in Brazil:  tamara_fernandes@hotmail.com

EGYPT:  eta1232002  an engineer

List of Students who want help with their accent


Go to FreeEnglishLessons.com

Building International Bridges Penpals

Penpals via SKYPE