Three Genesee Community College professors will embark on an English language collaboration program in Sao Paulo, Brazil this summer. The professors will travel to the South American country to teach English to students at FATEC Americana, a state-run technology-based institution. Genesee professors traveling abroad include Charley Boyd, English professor, Connie Boyd, director of the Human Services program and Susan Drexel, Sociology assistant professor.
The three professors will travel to Brazil July 8-26, 2010 for a two-week exchange of language as well as information about culture, history, and geography. The collaboration between Brazilian students and American teachers will allow for a dialogue to discuss the differences and similarities between the two cultures. Teachers will focus on topics that contrast the two cultures’ holidays, climates, history, current events, politics, job seeking as well as cultural elements such as music and cooking.
The collaboration grew out of an initial visit to Genesee from Osvaldo Succi, International Relations advisor and Dr. Rafael Ferreira Alves, director at FATEC-Americana in October 2009. “We seemed to click from the very first meeting and the relationship has strengthened as a result of weekly online meetings,” James Goodwin, director of Curriculum Development at Genesee said.
“This relationship between Genesee Community College and FATEC is the ideal way to engage teachers and students alike, not only to learn about another culture but to learn about a particularly diverse one,” Goodwin said. “Brazilians have a reputation for being happy, enthusiastic and high-spirited and the warmth we have experienced so far affirms a culture very much centered on relationships.”
Brazil has a very exciting schedule over the next six years with the 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. With the success of this partnership between Genesee and FATEC, the two institutions hope to build on each other’s strengths and cultivate a longstanding multi-cultural relationship.
For more information please contact James Goodwin at 585-343-0055 x6322.
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