GCC and Brazilian Faculty Collaborate to Expand Cultural, Educational and Business Relations

Several members of the Genesee Community College faculty are heading south this week—to South America. The professors and instructors are taking part in the English Language American Culture (ELAC) and English Language Discipline Specific (ELDS) programs for 2 weeks in July as part of a cross-cultural exchange with colleges in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The local faculty will teach English and share cultural nuances, as well as specific opportunities in areas such as marketing, fashion design, web-publishing and career development, while absorbing some of the culture of the host country.

Batavia, NY - Several members of the Genesee Community College faculty are heading south this week—to South America. The professors and instructors are taking part in the English Language American Culture (ELAC) and English Language Discipline Specific (ELDS) programs for 2 weeks in July as part of a cross-cultural exchange with colleges in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The local faculty will teach English and share cultural nuances, as well as specific opportunities in areas such as marketing, fashion design, web-publishing and career development, while absorbing some of the culture of the host country.

GCC faculty members Connie Boyd, director of Human Services, Charley Boyd, professor of English, Donna Ehrhart, professor of Business/ Computer Information Systems and Fashion Design, Jim Habermas, professor of Computer Information Systems, Chris Davis, administrative support in Curriculum Development and certified ESL instructor, John McGowan, Career Development specialist, Sasha Boyd, a GCC graduate and certified ESL instructor and Monica Mattioli, associate dean of GCC’s Lima Campus Center, will teach at three FATEC campuses which are part of a network of 52 Brazilian government-run technology colleges, from July 9-20, 2012. The campus base of the program is in the town of Americana while the other two campuses, Sao Jose dos Campos and Sao Jose do Rio Preto are further afield within the state of Sao Paulo. The teachers’ outreach will focus on the differences and similarities between American and Brazilian holidays, climates, history, current events and politics, as well as cultural characteristics, such as food and music. MacKenzie Turck, a student from SUNY Ulster, is also heading to Brazil with the group and will spend a semester of language immersion at the Americana campus.

Representatives from SUNY Ulster and Washington Saratoga Warren Hamilton Essex (WSWHE) BOCES, an Australian college as well as a Batavia area businessman, will also take part in the program. Richard Cattabiani director of International Programs at SUNY Ulster, Dolores Quiles, associate professor of English from SUNY Ulster, Lew Scialdone and Peggy Sharkey, ESL teachers from WSWHE BOCES, Darryl Blumel, academic manager of ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) programs at Southbank Institute of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and Donald Brown, vice president of Charles Men’s Shop in Batavia are joining the GCC group in South America.

The collaboration grew out of an initial visit to GCC three years ago by Osvaldo Succi, International Relations Advisor and language teacher, and FATEC-Americana director Dr. Rafael Ferreira Alves. GCC Curriculum Director and one of the co-founders of the program James Goodwin, is very enthusiastic about the collaboration. “This relationship is the ideal way to engage teachers and students not only to learn about another culture, but to learn about a particularly diverse one. Brazil is a vibrant melting-pot, whose culture is very much centered on relationships.”

In preparation for the U.S. delegates traveling to Brazil, Mr. Succi came to the United States and visited GCC’s Batavia campus on June 25-29, 2012. He taught basic Portuguese and Brazilian culture to the participants before they embark on their overseas trip.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

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Please note: For a group photograph of GCC administrators with all the English Language American Culture (ELAC) study abroad program participants please go to:
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