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Dr. Kate Reynolds Selected for
Fulbright Scholars Award

RELEASED: May 16, 2007

Dr. Kate ReynoldsEAU CLAIRE — Dr. Kate Mastruserio Reynolds, associate professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in the departments of foreign languages and curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program Award for the 2007-08 academic year.

Kharhiv National Polytechnic University in eastern Ukraine will host Reynolds, who will lecture and write in her field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

While on sabbatical, Reynolds will write an English as a Second/Foreign Language textbook manuscript about American studies, which she hopes to submit for publication when she returns to the United States in the summer of 2008.

"The focus of the book is an objective study of U.S. culture and patterns," Reynolds said. "Hopefully it will be used in ESL/EFL programs for learners ages 14 to adult."

Although she's had long-term visits abroad, Reynolds said this is the most intriguing opportunity she's had to more fully understand other cultures and peoples.

"I say this because of the duration of the program and because I've not had the opportunity to visit Eastern Europe," Reynolds said. "My husband, daughter and I are eager to immerse ourselves in a Slavic culture to learn about them and ourselves in the process."

Reynolds expects her year in Ukraine to benefit students and staff at UW-Eau Claire. TEFL students who wish to teach English in other countries will benefit from her increased knowledge, skills and anecdotes of real EFL classroom experiences, she said. Her colleagues will benefit from the shared knowledge from the field of American studies, she said.

"In ESL/EFL teachers share their understandings of their home country in the process of teaching the language," Reynolds said. "This study will help us all become more objective and knowledgeable about our own culture."

The highly competitive and prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year to lecture and conduct research. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright, the program aims to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

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