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International Writing Culture

​Project Summary:

  • This  virtual exchange project was an interactive collaboration between undergraduate students at DePaul and Unichristus University in Fortaleza, Brazil. Separately, DePaul students in their Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse class studied topics such as the role of nativism in English rhetoric, reaciolingusitic bias, and how to provide effective writing feedback. Unichristus students studied writing and rhetoric with an emphasis on the use of English as a second language for scientific and academic research. Student collaboration was primarily completed during class time using Zoom, and students met for six collaborative sessions during the second half of the quarter. In the collaborative sessions, students discussed a variety of topics including university life, cultural differences and similarities, research ethics, and writing workshops. The course also fulfilled the Experiential Learning requirement in the Liberal Studies Program for DePaul students.

Project Length:

  • 6 Weeks

Technology Tools Used:

  • Zoom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Docs
  • D2L

Communication Type/ Interaction Mode:

  • Synchronous
  • Asynchronous

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students became well versed in current issues and trends in language teaching and theory.
  • Students were able to articulate their interpretations and opinions about course content in class discussions and in writing.
  • Students gained cross-cultural competence to communicate with Unichristus students.
  • Students ​learned best practices for giving feedback on writing to Unichristus students.

Reflection Component:

  • Final written reflection, a short questionnaire completion, and a final synchronous meeting.

Empathy Building Component:

  • Introductory videos, with responses, followed by a synchronous meeting.

Hannah Harris




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

Jan Krimphove & Maely Borges Barreto

Institution: Unichristus University
Discipline: Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse
Course name: English for Academic Purposes

Partner institutions:

DePaul University
Chicago, IL, United States

Unichristus University
Fortaleza, Brazil


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