UF Faculty Department College
Suzanne Chapman School of Teaching and Learning College of Education
Partner Faculty Department Partner Institution
Paige Michael Poole Instituto de Idiomas (Language Institute) Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia
Title:
Children's Literature Digital Letter Exchange
Project Description:

Asynchronous correspondence between International Relations students in Colombia with University of Florida College of Education pre-service teachers in a Children's Literature course.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn about reading habits, literature, and the influence of media in each country
Participating Countries:
Colombia
Number of Participants:
Discipline:
Education, English as a Second Language
UF Course Code & Name:
LAE 3005 - Children’s Literature
Project Duration:
8 weeks
Activity Type(s):
Student-to-Student Dialogue
Time allotted to each activity:
Technology Tools:
Collaborative Authoring Platforms: Google Drive
Sequence of Activities:

Students were partnered with a student in the partnering university. All letters were sent to the university instructors and then distributed to the individual students in the class. At the end of the letter exchange, students were given the option to exchange email addresses and keep in touch on their own. The topics of the letters were as follows:

Introduction: Basic information (name, age, where they are from, major of study, why they chose that major) & a general description of their reading habits

Response to Letter 1 + information about reading habits in their country, including at an educational level how reading habits are instilled at home & school

Response to Letter 2 + how technology is affecting reading habits in their country (fake news, social media, e-books, etc.)  HERE IS A RECENT ARTICLE THAT COULD BE RECOMMENDED:  http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2018/08/21/reader-come-home-maryanne-wolf  

Response to Letter 3 + how their country is portrayed in literature/how people's perceptions about their country are shaped by literature & media

Response to Letter 4 + sharing of contact info (for those interested)/good bye letter