In Which I Break the “No English” Rule

I am just starting to settle into the daily routine here at Middlebury at Mills.

Fourth year class is the most advanced level here at the “undergraduate” level and class time is very tough. We use Al-Jazeera clips as our listening exercises, newspaper articles as reading activities, and the last half-hour or so is spent in class discussion over various topics. Tomorrow I get to look forward to discussing the effectiveness of the UN. Needless to say I am already having to psych myself up for class and am trying to control the feelings that come along with academic insecurity.

It is revitalizing, though, when I consciously notice my improvement. Every Wednesday evening all students attend a lecture that is usually given by a guest speaker or a member of the faculty. This week my professor spoke about the Koran. Though I am accustomed to his way of speaking and it was the first, and therefore easiest, lecture of the summer, I was encouraged to notice that I understood the entire lecture.

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About Laura McAdams

Laura McAdams is a Master’s student at University of Pennsylvania studying International Educational Development. Her experience in the MENA region includes 15 months as a Fulbright student researcher to Fez and Ifrane, Morocco in 2010 and 2011. Her project was interested in understanding the disconnect between the policies of technology usage in education and the reality of how these policies unfold in the classroom. Summer 2012 she returned to the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco to work with a women’s weaving cooperative. She is excited to learn more about other countries in the MENA region and issues involving education policy and reform, technology usage in curriculums and gender equality in education. One of Laura’s lifelong goals is to one day be able to sit down and leisurely read a newspaper in Arabic.
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One Response to In Which I Break the “No English” Rule

  1. Amy McAdams says:

    I’m sure you’re doing just fine.
    Also, I wanted to let you know that I made it to Germany alright. I’m going to be working at the teen center. More later…

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