Between January 19th, 1997 and February 23rd, 1997, Monica Nardelli, a Spanish teacher from the University of Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, Argentina was hosted by Rotary clubs in the greater Kansas City area. Mrs.Nardelli was invited by three clubs in Kansas City, Missouri (Downtown K.C., K.C. South, and Raytown) to participate in the R.I.T.E. cultural exchange first started in Texas during the summer of 1992.
R.I.T.E. is a cultural exchange of volunteer teachers between participating countries. The teachers teach their language to students in the host country, normally during the summer and in return, the teachers learn about the people, the language and the culture of the host country. The overall purpose of this program is to promote international goodwill and understanding.
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Mrs. Nardelli visited middle schools and high schools in Kansas and Missouri. She worked with students in Spanish language classes, biology classes, and gave cultural lectures at assemblies. She also visited with teachers at Longview and Penn Valley Community Colleges. During her stay, she audited several graduate level TESOL classes at U.M.K.C. taught by Dr. David Schwarzer.
Kansas City South Rotary Club #4 - Kansas City South Rotary Club #5
Monica with high school students #1 - Monica with high school students #2
Monica with high school students #3 - Monica with high school students #4
Monica with high school students #5 - Monica with Students at Penn Valley
This article is posted to the site of William R. Eubank in order to inspire other E.S.L. and foreign language teachers to spend some time teaching outside of the United States. William has been active in the R.I.T.E. program since 1993.
For more information about how teachers, clubs and districts can participate, contact:
Conrad C. Heede e-mailCCHeede@aol.com D - 5790 Governor - 1991-92 Bus (817) 870-1624 D - 5790 Rotary Foundation Chairman - 1994-98 Fax (817) 282-2400 R.I.T.E Chairman Res (817) 268-1612
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