Cultural literacy was a foreign concept to me until a few weeks ago. I never stopped to think that boundaries and standards could carry over between different cultures. I’ve noticed before at times that others are learning English and are not yet fluent in their literary skills, but never really stopped to think that to them I am illiterate. I feel as though recently I've started to see a new perspective on things. It's not that I ever thought anything less of anyone because they were illiterate in our cultures; it's just that I never stopped to look at their perspective. I've never really dealt with people coming in to America not being able to read. Infact, the only people I've know who come here are foreign exchange students, and with the exception of English Grammar and Comp. classes they seem to have a better understanding of the concepts of all classes, sadly even American Government:( Anyhow, I feel like the readings have made me open my eyes to a broader picture that helps me have a better understanding of the world. When I was volunteering the other day, I noticed this first hand. The women were taking a test and they had a few hours for it, but I looked through it in about 5 minutes. These women are very intelligent, there was just the whole I’m just learning English thing not working in their favor. The teacher gave me a sheet to read that had everything written backwards. It was talking about torgs, perhaps you’re familiar with it. The teacher told me it was similar to trying to read a new language. CONFUSING AND VAGUE! I think we should help others to understand cultural literacy so they aren’t quite as naive as I was.