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Exploring Literacy GLE

​​​Project Summary:

  • This virtual exchange project and its components were designed critically to engage students with their literacy development. The first assignment, The Language Narrative, gave them the opportunity to work on narrative writing as a catalyst for reflective investigation. The focus of that reflection was their background and identity as a reader and writer. The hope was that together the students—individually, in their collaborative pairs, and as a whole class in discussion—would explore what it means to learn to read and write. Finally, as this was a collaborative project, it helped students develop their collaborative skills and cross-cultural perspectives.

    The students were paired in groups and to begin the project the first step was that the students introduced each other.

    The second stage was individual writing and peer review. Students from both courses composed a Literacy Narrative – the assignment involved narrative, descriptive and analytical/reflective writing.

    The final stage of the project was to reflect on what they had learned through the process. Students discussed the different experience they went through, as they engaged with one another; they collaboratively composed an essay that compared their experiences.

Project Length:

  • 4 Weeks

Technology Tools Used:

  • Google Drive/Google Docs
  • Skype
  • WhatsApp

Interaction Mode:

  • Synchronous
  • Asynchronous

Learning Outcomes:

  • Engaged in cross-cultural communication to share your perspective and learn from the standpoint of other students.
  • Explored literacy and what literacy means in other cultures.
  • Collaborated with peers and across cultures to further facilitate learning and reflection.

Reflection Component:

  • A final reflective essay.

Mark Lazio

Institution: DePaul University
Discipline: Writing,Rhetoric,and Discourse
Course name: Composition and Rhetoric I

Mónica Alejandra Quintanilla Martínez

Institution: Universidad Autonomade de Yucatan
Discipline: English
Course name: Reading and Writing in English

Partner institutions:

DePaul University
Chicago, IL, United States

Universidad de Monterrey
Monterrey, Mexico


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