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Intercultural Dialogues

  • 1.  Intercultural Dialogues

    Posted 19-10-2020 11:44 AM
    Dear TESOL community,

    Greetings from Costa Rica! I am wondering if anyone is interested in participating in intercultural dialogues with my fourth year university EAL students. Before the pandemic, we were fortunate to have international visitors (mostly from North America) come to our campus for short courses and to learn about sustainable agriculture and natural resources management. I would coordinate "Conversation cafés" with my students so that they had the opportunity to practice their English, talk about topics they were interested in, and meet different people. The students loved it and were very disappointed it had to be suspended for this year. However, I would like to plan on something virtual for 2021.
    If you would like to participate, please let me know so we can start collaborating.
    My students are in their final year of receiving a degree in agricultural sciences. Their English level is A2. Most are native Spanish speakers with some French and Portuguese speakers.
    Looking for other university level students who also have high conversational skills in English and are motivated to talk about intercultural topics.

    Nichole McVeigh
    Universidad EARTH
    Costa Rica

  • 2.  RE: Intercultural Dialogues

    Posted 21-10-2020 10:33 AM
    Hi Nicole,
    I'm very interested, but not sure of our #s for 2021 yet! Can we keep in touch? I teach all levels at GT, and our upper intermediate classes would be perfect for this; I've arranged such dialogues before, and last spring, pivoted my service-learning component of an English for Sustainability class to a structured penpal with local seniors assignment; very dynamic!

    Please contact me again in late November or early December when I'll know more, if that sounds good.
    Thanks and good luck!

    [Melissa] [Aberle-Grasse]
    [Georgia Institute of Technology]

  • 3.  RE: Intercultural Dialogues

    Posted 22-10-2020 09:18 AM
    Hi Nicole - I'm teaching a Methods in Listening and Speaking course to graduate TESOL students in the spring. I'm not sure if it would fit exactly, but perhaps my students could work with yours in some way and get a chance to practice teaching a lesson to them - perhaps built around some of the concepts or vocabulary of their major - I'd love to think about possibilities with you. Most of my students are also international, coming from China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and some Americans as well.

    Let me know if this is something that might be of interest.
    Take care,

    Jamie Harrison
    Associate Professor
    Auburn University

  • 4.  RE: Intercultural Dialogues

    Posted 21 days ago
    Dear Nichole,

    Thank you for your email. I find the conversation very interesting and very appealing.

    I am a professor of English at the University of Tirana, Albania. Albania is a very small place in the south of Europe near Italy, Greece, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

    Befor having the conversation with your students let me know about the topic we are going to talk about which is your students interest.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Shpresa Delija

    Prof.Dr. Shpresa Delija

    Foreign Language Faculty
    Tirana University

    Address: Rruga e Elbasanit
    Fakulteti I Gjuhëve të Huaja
    Tirana / Albania

    Cel. 0696030764

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