Cross-cultural education Workshop at Fala Brasil

Cross-cultural education Workshop at Fala Brasil

Cross Cultural Education Workshop   “Interculturalism refers to support for cross-cultural dialogue and challenging self-segregation tendencies within cultures.” After 7 years at Fala Brasil School, and hundreds of stories from several students, we realized that the greatest difficulty for people arriving in Brazil is in the cultural struggle and not the Portuguese language. With that in mind, we organized a workshop focused on cross-cultural education, at Fala Brasil, in partnership with the NGO TellUs whcih has spent the last 8 years experiencing cross-cultural experiences. Marine Gicqueau, the director of TellUs, has led many dynamic workshops with people of diverse nationalities including Brazilian, French and Chilean. Initially, TellUs selected 7 examples of cultural conflicts experienced by several people. Participants were invited to read each one of them. One of the examples described a tribe in Panama where very young children are free to dive into the river without adult supervision. When questioned, one of them replied that, “They have to learn how to swim in the river.” Another story described the astonishment of a French woman regarding the size of the parties held for very small children here in Brazil. In a third example, they explained the toys in Sweden, in which the “father of the family” doll appears in the kitchen while the woman is cooking on the barbecue grill. A reversal of the roles that are normally seen in many other countries. There was also an example of a Haitian who, when explaining that he was having difficulties in the chemistry classes at the university in Brazil because of the language, the teacher asked “But aren’t you from...
How to write a good chronicle

How to write a good chronicle

How to write a good chronicle Last Wednesday, the writer Daniel Cariello met with students and alumni of Fala Brasil School who are writing chronicles for the book “The Look of the Other.” The book is a new project of Fala Brasil and aims to gather chronicles of writers from various parts of the world about the culture of Brazil and Brazilian life. The idea behind it is to enable an exchange of intercultural perspectives from different points of view. In this meeting, the writer and chronicler Daniel Carriello, author of “Chéri à Paris – A Brazilian in the land of fromage” and “City of Dreams, Chronicles of Brazil” explained how to write a good chronicle. Here is a summary: – A chronicle will always be the story of a specific event or fact that is the center of the narrative. – In the chronicle the characters are not developed. They have no past or future. They make up the story by helping in the narrative of a fact that should be the central theme of the chronicle. – A chronicle may or may not be personal. It may be an account of an event that occurred with the author himself, an observed situation or something that happened to another person. At this point, the rule is not to have rules! 😉 – Imagination is free! The chronicle can be an imagined dialogue, a hypothetical situation, something that almost happened or happened in the author’s head. It also can mix fiction with reality. – A good chronicle size is between 2 thousand and 4 thousand characters (counting letters, punctuation...