The PC-Fairfield Diversity in Education program begins its fourth year this fall. All professors and staff involved in the program are excited to have another cohort of students coming to learn about different education practices and build their skills as culturally and linguistically responsive educators.
Additionally, this week information sessions for the Fall of ’16 cohort were held. If you were unable to attend on Wednesday, see Dr. Skawinski, Elementary Special Education chair or Allie Agahti, Assistant Dean of International Studies as soon as possible. Sophomores must submit intent to study abroad forms to the education office before fall registration.
The objective of this post is to outline the details of the education component of the study abroad experience. Each of the components of the program continues to evolve as we build on the experience of previous cohorts.
Diversity in Education Course (2 credits)
The Diversity in Education seminar provides a framework for guided intercultural reflection. Through readings, course discussions, video logs and written journals, students investigate issues of culture, language and education with an Italian educator.
Language and Literacy Course (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills needed to teach literacy (reading and writing) and social studies in grades 3-6. Since the practicum experience will be taking place in English as a foreign language classes in Italian elementary schools this course has an emphasis on second language acquisition and its role in literacy development. This course builds on the knowledge gained in teaching literacy in K-2 classrooms (EDU 231) and knowledge of language development (EDU 125). This course replaces EDU 331 in the ESE course sequence at PC.
EFL and Literacy Teaching Practicum (1 credit)
Field Experience aligned with both the Language and Literacy and the Diversity in Education courses.
- 40 hour practicum (4 hours for 10 weeks)
- 1 hour teaching EFL class
- 1 hour assisting partner teach EFL class
- 2 hours observing & assisting cooperating teacher
You will be formally observed two times. The Providence College faculty member will hold regular office hours to support your lesson development and provide feedback on your lessons. Fairfield Florence staff will provide guidance on travel and reimburse bus/train transportation to the school.
Education Field Trips
In partnership with University of Florence Education department, students and faculty involved with the PC Fairfield education program will have several opportunities to collaborate on lesson studies and visit unique Tuscan schools.
It is important to note that the experiences in Florence, while aligned with the PC Elementary Special Education program in Providence, are not the same. Building global competence and culturally and linguistically responsive teaching takes time, multiple intercultural opportunities and guided reflection. The schools and educational practices in Tuscany reflect Italian culture and perspective; some is the same, but others are unique. The course work and hours in the field provide students with the time to experience these differences and reflect on what best practices means globally. Through each of these different learning opportunities we strive to build global competence. Global competence includes not only building knowledge of other cultures, but also the skills involved in understanding multiple perspectives, intercultural communication and taking action to support both the local and global communities.
An outside of the classroom glimpse of Professor Hayes’ weekend in Florence.
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- 40 hour practicum (4 hours for 10 weeks)
Year Four of the PC elementary/special education study abroad program is off to a great start.
During orientation week, we’ve discovered the old underground city of Perugia and its more modern upper city, along with the wonderful chocolate for which Perugia is world famous. In Assisi we visited the crypt of St. Francis and saw his life portrayed in frescoes from the late 13th century.
In Firenza, we’ve learned how to buy fruit and vegetables at the local market, where you weigh and price things and print out the final price tag before getting into the check out line. We’ve discovered that the best gelatto is found at small gelattorias, a bit off the main pedestrian paths. Future posts will surely highlight our favorites. And, yes, we found our way to most of our first classes on time.
Looking forward to a special semester of teaching, learning and new challenges. Check back weekly as the PC education students share their experiences in the classroom and traveling around Italy and beyond.
By Faculty Member In-Residence: Mrs. Kathleen Hayes
Year Four of the PC elementary/special education study abroad program is off to a great start. During orientation week, we’ve... MORE
The four Providence students that are studying abroad in Belfast for this semester have now been here for a little over a week and we are loving every minute! Although it took longer to arrive here then we thought (we missed a flight and had a layover in London Heathrow for five hours) we are now here and soaking up every minute! However, this gave the four of us a chance to bond with the three other students from other universities back in the USA that would be joining us in this experience.
Upon our arrival, we were met at the airport by an IFSA Butler representative who took us to our hotel accommodations for that night. The hotel was right in the middle of downtown Belfast so it was a prime location for us to explore the city the very first day we arrived! After a night of fighting off some jet lag, we toured downtown a little bit more before our IFSA representatives took us to Stranmillis University College where we are living and taking classes this semester.
We are living in a flat that accommodates eight students. However, we all have our own room and our own bathroom (even with walk-in showers!). Stran’s campus is absolutely beautiful and looks like a park with all of its open land. Here are a few pictures of us exploring the first few days:
Since we moved into Stranmillis on Thursday yet orientation did not start until the following Monday, we, along with the other international students, made the most of our days by exploring the city of Belfast! We visited Victoria’s Square, a sort of city center/outdoor mall, Culture Night, and even the Titanic Museum!
Once orientation started on Monday, we had meetings every day to get us accustomed to student life here at Stranmillis. However, there were plenty of fun activities to keep us entertained every day. To name just a few there was a Fresher’s Funk Party (like parties at McPhail’s!), an inflatable day, and multiple movie nights.
Classes start on Monday here for us! Our schedules are still getting finalized but we know that we will be teaching for one full day every week at a school here in Belfast!
We already have plans to travel to Dublin, London, and Germany so we will give you updates on that as well as classes as soon as we can!! Hopefully this gave you a taste of how much fun (or as they say here in Belfast ‘craic’) we are having here in Belfast so far!!
Michelle, Maggie, Colleen, and Kati
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The Providence College students arrived in Florence on Monday August 26th, part of a larger group (101 students) attending university in Florence as part of the Fairfield in Florence program.
The students were greeted by the Fairfield Florence staff and spent the first night in a hotel as every one gathered from around the United States. Several orientation sessions (apartment living, safety, travel, classes at Florence University of the Arts) occurred on Tuesday and continued throughout the week readying the students for their semester. Some students signed up to learn about service opportunities, an Art History tour of Florence, Firenza Fiorentina Soccer game; all were eager to get to their apartments in Central Florence.
Our washing machine and refrigerator aren’t working; luckily they are being quickly replaced. Florence and Abroad, the housing agency that works with Fairfield to provide city apartments is very responsive.
A few photos from the Art History Tour of Central Florence
Olive Tree of Peace, 20th Anniversary of the Florence Bombing
Touch the wild boar sculpture and you will return to Florence.
On Sunday the group traveled by bus to Pisa, by way of Ikea. The stop at Ikea gave the students the opportunity to purchase a few things for their apartments. There was a bit of confusion reading the Italian “Students were looking for sheets, but ended up with duvet covers.” “Tablecloths were no where to be found”
Pisa, about an hour bus ride from Florence, has a long history of rivalry for ruling Tuscany. Lead by two guides we visited the bapistry, the Cathederal and the Leaning Tower.
Inside the Pisa bapistry.
And orientation week is a wrap.
One week in… orientation is over, and classes are just beginning. The Providence College students arrived in Florence on Monday... MORE