Teachers Sherwan Ameen and Kristina Urbonienė headed home to Iraq and Lithuania after the SUSI for Secondary Educators at the University of Montana in July 2016 with a new project for their students. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the two, in collaboration with an American ESL teacher from Montana, created a virtual collaboration among their schools that allowed 10th and 11th grade students, teachers, and families to participate in a cultural and educational exchange.
“For me, the most surprising thing was the open-mindedness and kindness of people and the fact that from their childhood, children are taught basic things about law, rights, and responsibilities,” shared Urbonienė.
Urbonienė has also remained busy, preparing a module for her students called “American Lifestyle: Education and Culture.” She explained, “I would not have done this if I hadn’t been provided with first-hand experience on American culture, lifestyle, and education. I have published an article in two languages – Lithuanian and English – about my experience in the United States, one of which was published in the bi-monthly newsletter of IATEFL [the International Association of Teachers of English as Foreign Language].”
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