Rural and Township Education in South Africa
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
When Offered: May 2013
Faculty Leaders: Professor LaJerne Cornish and Rick Southerland
This course will introduce students to primary and secondary education in the township and rural schools of Grahamstown, South Africa. Participants will design and implement lesson plans focusing on basic reading and English concepts for South African learners in grades 5 through 8. Participants will design and implement lessons that encourage the development of South African learners' reading, thinking, composing, and content area skills. A course which focuses on the history of South Africa, culture and customs unique to the Eastern Cape region, and rural education in South Africa will be offered in the Spring Semester of 2013. At the end of the spring semester, participants will complete a four week intensive field placement in a township and rural school.
In addition to teaching 20 hours per week in the schools, participants will attend a weekly lecture on Xhosa culture and languages specific to the Eastern Cape region at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. One of the primary objectives of this ICA is to analyze personal cross-cultural competence and understanding in order to effectively teach learners from diverse backgrounds. A secondary objective of this ICA is to help participants move out of their comforts zones in order to better understand themselves, others, and the world around them. While designed for education majors, this internship is open to students majoring in other disciplines as well. Non-majors selecting this internship will be paired with education majors for all classroom experiences. The 2013 program will be directed by Professor LaJerne Cornish, and will take place in May and June.
Eligibility and Prerequisites:
Applicants should have sophomore standing and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Additionally, students should have taken at least ED101 or ED103.
The tentative cost of the program is $5,000 (the specific fee will be determined once more logistics have been arranged). This fee includes lodging, most meals, transportation within South Africa, seminars, entrance fees, insurance, and round-trip airfare from the Baltimore area.
All students are eligible to apply for OIS scholarships. There is a scholarship section on the main application form in each program application packet. Loans are also available to eligible students through the Financial Aid Office in SAS. Students who qualify for the $1,200 study abroad voucher are able to apply the voucher to the cost of this program.
Application and advising information can be found on the General ICA website.