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A message to Young People in the USA: PeopleToPeople.com and Building International Bridges Penpals can expand your world

29 May

Building International Bridges was created in 2004 to carry on the work of Brooks Emeny.  Brooks was an early participant in People to People International, which was started by President Eisenhower.  Learn more at www.PeopleToPeople.com

The key observation:  Sometimes governments don’t communicate well.  At least with people-to-people efforts, the lines of communication can remain open between countries.

Brooks was a university professor and he visited Iran, Morocco, Jordan, Syria, India, and met professors in those countries.  That’s an example of a people-to-people connection.


You can connect with students in person or by Skype.
Make safe connections via http://www.BIBPenpals.com
by following the guidelines: (1) Keep a parent or other adult in the room to monitor the skype calls


Guideline (2): if the other person is rude or “too friendly” or makes you uncomfortable, contact BIB Penpals and stop talking with the person.
+1 954 646 8246


The images on this page are from the PeopleToPeople.com website. The purpose of presenting these images to you is to encourage you to visit their website.
BIBPenpals.com is not affiliated with PeopletoPeople.com


Remember, only you can prevent negative experiences from happening. Smile, don’t give out personal information, use an email address that you don’t usually use…

If you visit http://www.PeopleToPeople.com, you will find these announcements.Image

USE COMMONSENSE when connecting with people you don’t know.

(If commonsense were common, we wouldn’t have to point out these tips)

a) don’t give out personal information, such as your address or phone number

b)  don’t travel to meet the other person

c)  don’t take risks

d) don’t sue the people who set up this website.  We’re teachers and we want to connect students to encourage  peer-to-peer learning

If you have the money, why not connect with PeopleToPeople.com?

If you don’t have the funds necessary to travel, learn more about the penpal program via Skype and Facebook …



Learn about Pikifriends…. let’s collaborate (Isn’t that the core message of BIB?)

9 Jun

I’ve learned much about how to engage students with the lesson plans at PikiFriends.

I’ve had some requests from readers of my other sites  www.GuideontheSide.com and TransformTeaching.org to explain the principles of “lecturing less” and becoming a guide on the side.   The key principles are

a)  listening to what students want to learn

b)  sharing with students the research about what experts think will be needed by employees and workers of the future

c)  taking time to link students to “collaborative skills.”   Show students that they don’t need to re-invent the wheel, just collaborate with others.

For example, the BIBPenpals work connects nicely with Dominos For Schools and the work of PikiFriends.

Here’s a link that I suggest to teachers and students:


I’m impressed with the organization and passion of the lessons on this site.  I’m going to recommend that teachers who take my courses look at pikifriends.wordpress.com.     Steve McCrea    trainer.   www.EdutechFoundation.net  and  www.TransformTeaching.org
Send more suggestions to BIBPenpals@yahoo.com.   
Steve McCrea
Building International Bridges    +1 954 646 8246  if you want to chat.  
Sometimes a phone call is faster than setting up a skype call
SKYPE   SteveEnglishTeacher

“What type of American English is most acceptable?”

9 Jun

See the following question.

A student asks what English most U.S. people consider to be the most acceptable within the union.

1)  The word “union” is quaint and sophisticated.  “These United States” eventually became, “The United States,” suggesting one piece.  The questioner is possibly a student of history.

2)  The short answer is “Tom Brokaw.”   A longer answer appears below:


not Southern
not Boston
not valley girl california
not Texas
not New Joisey   (New Jersey)
not NOOOO yawk
not WisCON shin    wis CAAAAHN sin   
Ask a central question: Who makes a good news reader?   Tom Brokaw,  Jane Pauley, …
 Midwest without the open “GAAAAD” when they say “God.”     
Another newsreader = Brian Williams… born in Ridgeway, New Jersey.   Some people from New Jersey can avoid a strong accent.
 The important parts to keep are a clear RRR sound and to make sure the word DOG and SAW have the same vowel sound.  … and HOT DOG needs to have two separate sounds.   You can learn more at http://www.BestEnglishSite.com or by searching for a pronunciation video.   http://www.Youtube.com/FreeEnglishLessons and look for “It Sounds Like”…
Questions?  Write to BIBPenpals@yahoo.com