Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Students tour the Capitol and U.S. Botanic Garden

Language and Culture Institute students in the National Capital Region recently toured the U.S. Capitol and Botanic Garden.

Below, you can read some of their essays and see their photos from the trip.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Photos: Field trip to the U.S. Capitol and Botanical Gardens

Monday, February 16, 2015

Afternoon classes canceled in Blacksburg

Virginia Tech has canceled classes effective noon today, February 16. Campus offices to close at 12:30 p.m. See www.vt.edu or call 231-6668 for details.

Blacksburg Transit may have limited hours. Visit the Blacksburg Transit website for bus information. http://www.blacksburg.gov/index.aspx?page=791 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Seeing it differently: New perspectives in art education with international students at Radford

Two Radford students discuss perspectives with a student teacher from Mexico.
Random objects, creative name badges and mask making brought new insights when Radford University art education majors shared an interactive class with nine students from Mexico.

On the Covington Center classroom front desk sat four items: a glue gun, a rock, a hammer and a stuffed animal. Discussing the similarities and difference among these items, RU students mingled with their international guests.

In this exercise, Richard Bay, professor of art education, explained such activities used in an elementary classroom setting help school children increase their perspectives through the comparison of the objects’ textures, weight, volume, size, materials and usage.

Seemingly different items have more in common than one might expect, much like the two cultures that combined during this unique class opportunity. The inverse can be true as well. It is all about perspective. Through this class, both cohorts gained a deeper understanding about each other’s perceptions and cultures.

“When RU students interact with international students, they acquire a different set of skills,” said Charlene Dandrow, associate director of the Language and Cultural Institute at Radford University (LCI@RU). “They develop an important 'literacy' that enables them to successfully engage with diversity, which nowadays is a crucial skill to have in the competitive global market.”

Read more about the visit.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Conversations start with pizza

On Friday, the Language and Culture Institute hosted a conversation partners pizza party during which LCI students in Blacksburg could meet Virginia Tech students and choose a conversation partner. A lot of great connections were made.

We are still looking for about 15 more Virginia Tech students, as some LCI students still need partners.

If you are a VT  student and are interested, email Yara Haddad at yara125@vt.edu for more information.