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Words Without Borders Campus

Drawing from Words Without Borders' rich archive of contemporary stories, essays, and poems in translation, Words Without Borders Campus connects students and educators to eye-opening contemporary literature from across the globe. We present this literature alongside multimedia contextual materials, ideas for lessons, and pathways for further exploration. Our goal is to create a virtual learning space without borders, fostering meaningful cross-cultural understandings and inspiring a lifelong interest in international literature.

Founded in 2003, Words Without Borders promotes cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of the finest contemporary international literature. Our publications and programs open doors for readers of English around the world to the multiplicity of viewpoints, richness of experience, and literary perspective on world events offered by writers in other languages. We seek to connect international writers to the general public, to students and educators, and to print and other media and to serve as a primary online location for a global literary conversation. Every month we publish eight to twelve new works by international writers, available for the first time in English translation. 

About This Site

At Words Without Borders Campus, you'll find fiction, poetry, and essays from around the world, along with resources for understanding it, ideas for teaching it, and suggestions for further exploration. Most of the literature presented comes from the online magazine Words Without Borders.

Testimonials

"I recently used the literature and videos on Mexico from WWB Campus—specifically the poem "Sleepless Homeland" and bio info on the author Carmen Boullosa. Often students have preconceived impressions (due to what is presented in US media) of other regions of the world, like Mexico. . . Their journal writing that day reflected a clearer picture of the drug war situation in Mexico as well as a more compassionate understanding of the immigration issues in the news.

"Thank you for the great literature selections with the relevant and relatable videos with additional paired resources. WWB Campus is a resource I will return to again and again!" Christine Woods, English Language Arts teacher and past president, Virginia Association of Teachers of English, Roanoke Valley Juvenile Detention Center, Roanoke, VA


"Words Without Borders was a great way to show students the wealth and diversity of contemporary world literature." Miciah Hussey, Adjunct Instructor, Baruch College, New York, NY  


"The students were very interested in learning about other cultures, and this interest helped them get into the poems. It's always a risk with middle school, trying to get them interested in poetry. But WWB was a nice jumping-off point for them . . . . I will continue to use the site, yes! I love it!" Joshua Medsker, 8th Grade English teacher, M.E.T.S. Charter School, Jersey City, NJ


"I am thrilled to incorporate Words Without Borders Campus into my English classes. The WWBC website is filled with vital and brilliant works of literature. These multicultural and multi-genre works are accessible and curated with great care for thematic and cultural content . . . a treasure trove of foreign literature that enlightens, entertains, and broadens our students' as well as our own perspectives." Caron Knauer, Adjunct English lecturer, LaGuardia Community College, New York, NY


"It provided me, as a teacher, and students with new tools to use in class and also with literature from different parts of the world. I really enjoyed using the materials WWBC made available. Students really enjoyed reading a poem that was 'different' from what they're used to." José Luis Poblete, English and Literature Lecturer, Universidad de Santiago (USACH) and Universidad de Ciencias de la Informática (UCINF), Chile


"I love the way the selections provide extensions in the teaching ideas, and references to Shakespeare. I also found the files on bios, context, and playlist especially helpful in incorporating listening, speaking, reading, and writing aspects of language acquisition for my ELL students." Kelly Shim-Choi, teacher, English as a Second Language, The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, Edison, NJ


"An amazing find... It's such a great, great mission and rich site(s) you have...." Michael Kula, Associate Professor of Writing Studies & Coordinator of the Writing Studies Program, University of Washington, Tacoma.   


"Reading literature from around the world is a way to understand the history of a country. It provides insight into current events. And it's a great source of pleasure." Antoinette Herrera, Poet, Miami, Florida


"Thanks for your site. It is wonderful and this teaching focus will be a valuable addition!" Karyn Hollis, Professor of English, Villanova University, Villanova, PA


"I used [the collection of Mexican literature] to teach a Spanish class for deportees and returnees back in Mexico this summer… While some of the students were already avid readers and writers, I would say most of the students had had very little contact with literature in the past, especially with contemporary literature--and had never read anything that they felt they could relate to…. Thank you so much for this wonderful material. It really saved the day!!" María Cristina Fernández Hall, Professor of English, Tec de Monterrey, Mexico

People

Words Without Borders Team

Karen Phillips, Executive Director, WWB

Susan Harris, Editorial Director, WWB

Nadia Kalman, Editor and Curriculum Designer, WWB Campus

Abby Comstock-Gay, Associate Editor, WWB Campus

Eric Becker, Editor, Words Without Borders

Savannah Whiting, Development and Communications Associate, WWB

Luisa Leme, Video Production

Education Committee, WWB Board of Directors

Douglas Unger, Chair

Susan Gillespie

Nancy Hechinger

Jenny Staff Johnson

Alane Mason

Stefanie Sobelle (non-board)

Catharine Stimpson (non-board)

Jane Tylus (non-board)

WWBC Advisors

Marc Aronson*

Carmen Boullosa

Chip Rossetti

Humphrey Davies

Lucas Klein

Sorayya Khan

Reza Aslan

Maureen Freely

Michael Beard

Ed Nagelhout

Allison Markin Powell

Marian Schwartz

Click here for a complete list of the WWB Board of Directors.

Education Focus Group Members

Alison Arant, Wagner College

Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, Teachers College, Columbia University

Marco Fernando Navarro, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Sophie Oberfield, Stuyvesant High School

Supporters

Words Without Borders gratefully acknowledges our WWB Campus supporters:

Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust

Cornelia and Michael Bessie Foundation

The Nippon Foundation

Click here for a complete list of WWB donors.

Piloting Schools, Classrooms and Educators

We would like to thank the following schools, classes, and educators for their helpful feedback on the WWB Campus site.

Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines; Introduction to Poetry and Drama; Alona U. Guevarra

Green Valley High School, Henderson, NV; AP English; Jason Garner

LaGuardia Community College, Queens, NY; English 102; Caron Knauer

M.E.T.S. Charter School, Jersey City, NJ; English 8; Joshua Medsker

Universidad de Ciencias de la Informática, Santiago, Chile; Introduction to Literary Genres; José Luis Poblete

Universidad de Santiago (USACH), Santiago, Chile; Introduction to Literary Genres; José Luis Poblete

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Words without Borders: Mexico, China, Egypt; Douglas Unger**

Villanova University, Villanova, PA; International Literature; Karyn Hollis***

Wagner College, Staten Island, NY; English 111; Alison Arant

Baruch College, New York, NY; Great Works of World Literature II; Christopher Trogan

Northern Oklahoma College; Stillwater, OK; Introduction to Literature; Tamera Davis

Lamoille Union High School, Hyde Park, VT; AP World History & Modern World Studies; Whitney Kaulbach

Baruch College, New York, NY; Great Works of World Literature II; Miciah Hussey

Baruch College, New York, NY; Arts in NY Freshman Seminar; Cheryl Smith

Deltona High School, Delton, Florida; Dylan Emerick-Brown

*Thanks to Dr. Aronson’s 2014 and 2016 International K-12 Books classes from the Rutgers University MLIS program for their suggestions on the content, organization, and design of this site.

** Dr. Unger chairs Words Without Borders' Education Committee

*** Thanks also to Dr. Hollis for the generous sharing of her International Literature syllabus, which provided additional ideas for contextual materials for the units on this site.

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