Concordia-Chicago's Australia study abroad program makes for an exciting and ambitious combination of literacy education and culture tourism. Mainly of interest to master of arts students in reading education, this trip is associated with the course EDU 6291 Roles, Relationships and Ethics of the Reading Specialist.
On this trip you'll spend several days embedded in classrooms of Australian schools, working with both teachers and students on reading education and literacy programs. You'll learn about and reflect on the methods and approaches of teachers in a foreign culture and environment. You'll observe teachers and students at work in Australian classrooms, and you'll play a role through literacy coaching and other exercises. Beyond school visits, you'll also attend seminars, participate in reflective discussions, and complete assignments tailored to your activities, all to deepen your understanding of literacy and reading education.
"This has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
Mary Jo Pippenger, MA in reading education, '13
—Mary Jo Pippenger, MA in reading education, '13
You spend most of your time in Sydney and Brisbane, the two major urban centers of the country. From cuisine to museums to beaches to wildlife, you'll also be able to enjoy the best that Australia has to offer. Each day of this trip will be an adventure.