05/21/2013 02:19 PM
BATON ROUGE – The LSU School of Education, part of the College of Human Sciences &
Education, offered students an unparalleled study abroad opportunity through the Teaching
in Chile Experience beginning this year on May 18.
Twenty students from the School of Education headed Concepcion, Chile, for a three-week
study abroad program at Thomas Jefferson School, or TJS, a bilingual immersion school.
During their time in Chile, students will have the opportunity to not only immerse
themselves in a new culture, but to also experience a school environment where English
is not the primary language.
This important program directly aligns itself with the LSU Flagship 2020 goals of
discovery, learning, diversity and engagement. The Teaching in Chile Experience addresses
contemporary and enduring issues in the world; our students live with a Spanish-speaking
host family, giving them unparalleled perspective about what it feels like for American
students in our classrooms who do not speak English as their first language. This
program also enhances a learning environment that engages citizens and enlightens
leaders, broadens the cultural diversity of the LSU community and engages members
in the transformation of communities. While students’ eyes are opened to a broader
world and different perspectives in education, they also lend expertise to the Chilean
teachers by developing on-going assessment procedures and techniques for classroom
behavior management in Chile.
The Teaching in Chile Experience matches LSU students with host families whose children
attend TJS to ensure participants are fully immersed in both the educational development
of the child as well as the local customs. From the perspective of the host families,
LSU students are able to bring English into their homes, enhancing the bilingual immersion
approach of the school.
All students will complete 120 hours of a supervised, teaching internship while achieving
LSU class credit through EDCI 4800, Multicultural Education and Schools. Students
are also offered to take EDCI 4701, Trends & Issues in Educating Learners with Exceptionalities.
Program Co-Director Kenny Varner, assistant professor in the School of Education,
brought the program to LSU in 2012. School of Education Associate Professor Ken Denny
and Instructor Margaret Denny serve as program co-directors with Varner and have prepared
candidates for the experience of living and studying abroad since January. To learn
more about the Teaching in Chile Experience, visit www.lsu.edu/studyabroad, or e-mail Kenny Varner at email@example.com.
The School of Education is one of six schools realigned to form the new LSU College of Human Sciences and Education, joining the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. For more information about the School of Education, visit www.lsu.edu/education. For more information about the College of Human Sciences & Education, visit www.chse.lsu.edu.
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013