fulbright Taiwan online journal

fulbright Taiwan online journal

Author: Emily Quade 奎艾蜜

Emily Quade 奎艾蜜
Emily Quade is a U.S. Certified K-9 Dual Language/Bilingual Educator. She holds a MA in TESOL and Language Program Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College. She has experience working with preschoolers through adults in ESL, EFL, and Bilingual Education programs. She has worked as a teacher trainer in Honduras and Mexico and is currently working for Fulbright Taiwan as a TEFL trainer and advisor. Her professional interests include teacher training, the use of culturally relevant literature in the classroom, language and identity, and dual language education (two-way immersion). 

Reflections on Illiteracy

“My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.” ―M. Angelou One challenge that I didn’t understand in its entirety when I accepted my grant to come to Taiwan was what it is like to be illiterate.  There are many things in life that we take for granted, and sometimes, it takes the absence of something to really understand that concept. For example, when you are sick with a cold and you are so congested that you can’t breathe normally, it is not until that moment that you realize what a privilege it is to breathe properly. This has been the case for me during my service in Taiwan. I had no idea how incredibly fortunate I am to be literate–able to read and write in the primary language of each country in which I had previously resided. I took for granted the automatic ease of functioning in a society that literacy gives an individual. My current illiterate state in the Mandarin language allows me to more fully appreciate the power and importance of literacy on a variety

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