A Joliet Junior College English tutor recently helped English-language instructors in Egypt as part of an assignment through the U.S. State Department.
Christine Fiorite was among 80 U.S. citizens selected for the English Language Specialist program, according to a news release. Specialists assist U.S. embassies to deliver and maintain the overseas language programs, which also promote positive international relations.
Fiorite trained K-16 English language teachers who work with students with visual impairments or are preparing to do so. During the two-week assignment that ended in July, she worked with more than 50 teachers in Cairo and Luxor.
“One of the focuses of the workshop was understanding the importance of inclusive education, so being able to model an inclusive environment was an important benefit of the training,” Fiorite said.
Fiorite has taught English in the U.S. and abroad for more than 20 years. Most recently, from 2012 to 2016, she was an instructor at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi.
For the past three years, she’s served as an English tutor in JJC’s Tutoring and Learning Center. She said she decided to move back in 2016 to the Joliet area to be closer to her family in Morris. While in Egypt, Fiorite sought to help teachers incorporate self-advocacy skill development into their classrooms and held workshops to encourage teachers to support one another as allies of students with visual impairments.