With the pandemic interrupting international exchange programs, Karratha Senior High School students have found an alternative way to make connections across the globe. About 20 students from Year 8 to 10 participated in an online exchange with 40 Toyooka High School students in Japan, giving both groups a chance to practise their foreign language skills. Splitting into several groups, the students introduced themselves, spoke about their families, hobbies, school and local area while some students also swapped pictures of their pets. KSHS Japanese teacher Louise Denholm said the online exchange was sparked by students wanting to be connected to native speakers. “It was a really cool experience to be able to have our students actually practise and use their conversational skills in a real setting so rather than practising it in a classroom, they actually got to chat with Japanese students who are similar in age,” she said. “A lot of students were really nervous because they hadn’t really had the experience before of learning a language and then speaking with a native speaker.” Ms Denholm said they would like to continue the online exchange program into the future.