The Journalism and Information Science students at IFTIC are beginner English-language learners. The majority of these students are from Niger, but some also come from Chad and a few are from Benin and Burkina Faso. The students are used to speaking many different languages at home and while they are out and about, but they are beginners with the English language. So far in the semester, it has been a real challenge for students to participate even in short conversations in English. They worked hard to prepare questions to ask their guest and succeeded in carrying on a group conversation, as well as exchanging important information about Niger and the United States. Now, every week when Knop sees her students, they ask how her sister is doing. The interview was a simple activity of cultural exchange, but it had a lasting impact on all the participants—students, Fellow, and visitor.
Danielle Sclafani was an English Language Fellow in Cuenca, Ecuador, 2019-2020. A licensed yoga teacher, Sclafani is certified in mindfulness and meditation. During her fellowship, she began to incorporate mindfulness techniques and strategies into her classes and workshops to showcase classroom management strategies.