The concept is simple: if you want to become fluent in a language, but cannot travel to a country to interact with native speakers, what options are at your disposal?


Learning from textbooks and computers is not always enough. Vanessa Valença, a pedagogical coordinator, asked similar questions, “How can we make it more real? More human?”


Using technology easily accessible, the concept was born; the schools connected students with elderly Americans, so the Brazilian students can expand their knowledge of the English language and really put it to practice while talking to elderly Americans who really just want some company.


That is exactly what one language school in Brazil has started! According to Elite Daily,

“In its ‘Speaking Exchange’ with CNA language schools, FCB Brazil has taken to linking its young Brazilian students who want to learn English with Americans living in retirement homes who just want someone to speak to.”


CNA school in Liberdade, Brazil connected their students with residents at the Windsor Park Retirement Community in Chicago. The interactions were recorded so that teachers could view the interactions, and help evaluate their students’ development.


The result is heartwarming and lovely. Students are learning and these residents at the retirement community are sharing their stories, asking adorable questions, and kindly correcting their English. It is a match made in heaven.


FCB Brazil Executive Creative Director, Joanna Monteiro, felt similarly and commented that it was a “Win-win scenario” and was extremely pleased with the results thus far: “It’s exciting to see their reactions and contentment. It truly benefits both sides.”


To view the video, check it out on YouTube. You can also view their YouTube channel, FCB Brasil!


What do you think of this new innovative way of helping students learn? What was your first reaction to the video? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!