Six Genesee Community College instructors embarked on an English language collaboration program in Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 5, 2011. The faculty members will travel to the South American country to teach English to students at FATEC Americana, a state-run technology-based institution. Genesee faculty and staff traveling abroad include Charley Boyd, professor English; Connie Boyd, director of the Human Services program; Karen Taylor, associate dean of Records, Barb Shine, associate professor of Business and Entrepreneurship; Dennis Shine, associate professor of Drafting; and Donna Ehrhart, professor of Fashion Business and Computer Information Systems.
The group will travel to Brazil July 5-22, 2011 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. New to this year’s trip will be discipline specific collaborations that will include culture, textiles and entrepreneurship.
This is the second trip for Connie and Charley Boyd, who traveled last summer to FATEC.
“We are so excited to return to Brazil,” Connie Boyd, noted. “This language and cultural collaboration has been so eye opening and enjoyable. We are anxious to return to FATEC Americana to work with new students, as well as some of the same students that we met last summer.”
The group will be documenting their travels on Genesee’s Study Abroad blog. Their blog posts can be viewed at www.gccblogs.wordpress.com . Also accompanying the GCC faculty and staff are Don Brown, vice president of Charles Men Shop; Chris Davis, student at the University of Buffalo, Lew Scialdone, instructor of English for Speakers of Other Languages at BOCES; Dolores Quiles, associate professor of English at SUNY Ulster; and Darryl Blumel director of Studies at Southbank Institute of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.
For more information please contact James Goodwin, director of Curriculum Development at 585-343-0055 x6322.
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