One of my students shared a tip and I thought it was inspired!
This particular student takes advantage of university resources, like the writing center. If you have an in-person appointment at our writing center the consultants will ask you to read your paper aloud and the consultant will make suggestions. I’m familiar with this method because this was the same pedagogy employed by my writing center at SCSU. Well, the student was working on their rough draft for a paper and wanted someone else to read it but didn’t have someone to just sit with him as he typed. So, how to solve this problem? The student cut and pasted sections of his paper into Google Translate and let the program read his writing back to him! I thought this was such a clever trick and is something that ELL and non-ELL students could implement. Its simple, easy to use, and easy to replicate.
I love it when students share their brilliant ideas!
Tonight was a farewell reception for the group going to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa for the semester. Its a good mix of first-year students, juniors, and seniors. There is also a wide mix of majors going (business, travel and leisure studies, psychology, elementary education, special education, and undecided. But, the group is 100% female!
I was surprised by this because the one group meeting I attended there was a guy there. Amy, who is the intern in the Multi-Cultural Student Services department helping to arrange all of our paperwork, said that study abroad is statistically 70% female. While universities are 60/40 split, study abroad sees a higher gender split. She sighted several studies, which attributed the lower rate for males studying abroad to such things as: risk, majors, and planning.
We did some icebreakers and talked about what we will miss (or what we think we will miss) while we are in South Africa. I’m not sure what I’ll miss because most of the things I will miss, I already miss because they are back in NC! I am looking forward to seafood! I do not think this fact can be overstated.
I still do not know where I will live while I’m in South Africa. I do not think I will live with my fellow St. Cloud State University students, but I wonder if I will be with other international students who are not studying abroad? I’m not stressed about the situation, just curious.