Asynchronous correspondence between International Relations students in Colombia with University of Florida College of Education pre-service teachers in a Children's Literature course.
- Learn about reading habits, literature, and the influence of media in each country
Students were partnered with a student in the partnering university. All letters were sent to the university instructors and then distributed to the individual students in the class. At the end of the letter exchange, students were given the option to exchange email addresses and keep in touch on their own. The topics of the letters were as follows:
Introduction: Basic information (name, age, where they are from, major of study, why they chose that major) & a general description of their reading habits
Response to Letter 1 + information about reading habits in their country, including at an educational level how reading habits are instilled at home & school
Response to Letter 2 + how technology is affecting reading habits in their country (fake news, social media, e-books, etc.) HERE IS A RECENT ARTICLE THAT COULD BE RECOMMENDED: http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2018/08/21/reader-come-home-maryanne-wolf
Response to Letter 3 + how their country is portrayed in literature/how people's perceptions about their country are shaped by literature & media
Response to Letter 4 + sharing of contact info (for those interested)/good bye letter