For Immediate Release
DALLAS • For four weeks, 14 educators will study in Senegal, West Africa, before returning to integrate what they have learned into their curriculum. Aaron Ostrom, dean of the World Languages Division at Brookhaven College, was one of the North Texas educators selected to make the journey. The U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program funded the “History, Religion and Cultures in Senegal” seminar through Eastfield College.
The seminar is designed to immerse the educators in the history and culture of Senegal. Ostrom, along with the other participants, will be responsible for developing a teaching unit, which can be shared with other educators in Texas. The purpose of the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program is to help integrate international studies into an educational institution’s general curriculum.
Ostrom has proposed a study of the changing relationship between French and Wolof in Senegal. He hopes to use the experience to create a presentation that will explain and demonstrate how patterns of language use can and do change in response to economic, social and political conditions. Other participants include higher education and secondary education teachers and administrators from throughout the region.
A committee of Eastfield College and Dallas County Community College District personnel selected the group. Applicants were required to submit information about their field of study and how the Senegal seminar could be useful in their classroom preparations.
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