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veyed in books, but didn’t always understand the words they were reading, Newman says. They also had problems with tasks like journaling and free writing, but did better when asked to write about concrete topics, like a soccer match they had with the Wisconsin students. Despite the differences in education styles, “we wanted to show the teachers we respected what they did,” Newman says. “Just because we were from the United States didn’t mean we were the experts.” For those U.S. university students who spend time working to develop the literacy skills of youngsters abroad, the impact can be profound. By going overseas, “you learn so much more about other people, but also about yourself,” Newman says. McDonald says in his experience he has found that Central Michigan students who have taught in Ghana “develop a great deal of passion,” compared to those who don’t go abroad to student teach.

Inspiring a Passion for reading
TUDENTS AND EDUCATORS at other U.S. universities have taken different measures to try to instill a passion for reading in young people in other countries. Students from Westminster College in Salt Lake City began working with children in the village of Wai, India, in 2010 in order to improve literacy there. “We realized libraries were a good way to make a difference on a broad scale,” says Diane VanderPol, the college’s library director and coordinator of the Wai-Westminster program. VanderPol traveled to Wai and brainstormed with teachers there about how to build excitement for reading, and they came up with the idea of a reading camp—giving youngsters an alternative to dance and sports camps. Students from Westminster’s education department traveled to Wai in May 2010, where they held a weeklong summer reading camp with local children in partnership with one of the village’s libraries. The camp drew 35 local children on the first day, and as word spread, 45 turned out, ranging from pre-kindergartners to teenagers. And working with Room to Read, a U.S.-based organization that works to improve literacy skills and encourage a habit of reading in developing countries, the college donated hundreds of books to help stock the library in Wai. Another university that is intent on polishing reading skills is Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. The Virginia university has a campus at Education City in Doha, where the focus is on art and design. Robin Fetherston, an assistant professor of literature, launched the School-Wide Reading Program, based on the

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concept of the One Book, One City campaign held in various U.S. cities. While many U.S. universities have a similar program for college freshmen, Fetherston wanted the whole school to be involved. All students are assigned a particular book to read each semester, and faculty and staff members are also asked to join in. The book is discussed in class, and one or two activities are held each semester that allow the students to use their artistic creativity, such as taking part in a writing contest or designing posters tied to the book of choice. When Fetherston arrived in Doha in 2003, “I was very concerned about the lack of role models who read,” either in Arabic or English. VCU-Qatar students, and society in general, did not read much. The national library was closed, and the city had only six small book stores. At the time, students were “quite weak” in reading and writing skills. But that has improved with time, and the country has been “transitioning from an oral society to a text (based) society,” she says. While reading is crucial in general, Fetherston says research has shown, “pleasure reading increases overall academic performance.” Other efforts are aimed at educators in other nations, to help them bolster their students’ literacy skills. One such program involves a partnership between the University of Cincinnati and Salahaddin University—Hawler in Kurdistan, Iraq. In September 2010 faculty members and graduate students from the Ohio university’s School of Education began working with English and education faculty at the Iraq school under a three-year grant from the Academy of Educational Development, a nonprofit organization based

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International Educator - September/October 2011
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From the Editors
In Brief
Building a Literate World
In Sync:  The Peace Corps and International Education
Expanding Cooperative Education Across the Globe
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Partnering
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Supplement: A 360º View
Supplement: Making the Numbers Work
Supplement: International Recruitment and Enrollment Listings
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