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Matheus Ribiero (in the sunglasses)
was a US-Brazil Connect Fellow from
Houston Community College; here he is
with other students and fellows.

Some Challenges

each other, via social media, prior to the trip.
“Although we had assigned a group of 10
Brazilians to each American for the Facebook
venture, we had planned to mix up the groups
when they arrived,” Gershwin says. “But the
students revolted and told us they wanted to
remain in their groups. So we agreed.”
The reception for the U.S. participants
was unexpected. Mort Cohn, JCC adjunct
instructor and lead faculty member, recalls
a comment made by one of the coaches alluding to the fact that they were “greeted
like rock stars when they arrived in Brazil.”
Although the Brazilians were reluctant
to speak to the U.S. students at first because
they were not confident in their English
skills, that changed quickly as they worked
with their U.S. coaches.
The Brazilian students were “motivated
and wanted to be there,” says Cohn “They
are the ‘self-described nerds’ of Brazil, preparing for STEM careers.”

Return Visit
A group of 10 Brazilian students, selected
for having made the most progress in their
English fluency, had a special treat in October. They traveled to Colorado for two weeks
where they met with their Red Rocks Community College friends, as well as two from
Houston who came up for the reunion. The
Brazilians stayed with families from a Denver
international high school, shadowed the students, attended lectures, toured the college,
and spent a weekend at a mountain ranch.
Monica Mariano, SENAI coordinator,
recalls a statement by one of these students: “I feel like I’m in a movie, like I’m in
a dream.”

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR

In June 2012, 15 community college students,
five student interns, three faculty members,
and Gershwin took off for Salvador, Brazil.
They worked with the high school students
every afternoon for four weeks. Faculty members provided oversight as well as training
for the U.S. students. An English as a Second
Language (ESL) teacher from RRCC helped
develop the curriculum and led activities on
how to interact with the Brazilian students.
But this was not just a four-week experience. It actually began several months
earlier, when students in both countries
used Facebook to get to know each other.
They posted pictures and videos, and engaged in conversations that made the
eventual face-to-face meetings much
smoother. Other media, such as Skype and
Google, were also used.
In addition, students from the three
community colleges communicated with

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U.S.-BRAZIL CONNECT

Off They Go

As with most first-year programs, there were
some blips, but generally it went smoothly.
Flexibility and patience were required in
this country where traffic jams cause delays.
Sometimes classrooms were hard to find and
were held in a gym, parking lot, or breezeway between two buildings. Classroom and
technology supplies, such as markers or
computers, were sometimes unavailable.
But this is all getting resolved this year, as
coordinators will be stationed in each school
to deal with these, and other, problems.
Other improvements are being made in
the United States. All participants attended
a class at their college to prepare them for
the venture. In Cohn’s class this year he will
include more ESL teaching strategies. He’s
also making the reading list more manageable to introduce students to the Brazilian
culture and history.
On the Brazilian side, additional time
will be spent on raising the English levels
of its students so topics such as science and
technology can be tackled. They will also
identify 50 higher functioning students to
tackle more advanced subjects. And 50 public school students will be included in the
program as a trial this year.

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From the Editors
Front Lines
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Emerging Giant
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Accelerating Global Learning at Home and Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
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Intenational Educator Language Supplement
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New Tools of the Trade
Intensive English Language
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