Estela Ene, Frank Smith
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. EST
Do you have international students in your class? Do you sometimes feel you could communicate better, or that their interaction with their American peers could be improved? In a university in which the international population is growing by leaps and bounds, effective communication with our international students is important. This workshop will define the difficulties non-native speakers of English may have in classroom interaction and during office hours. It will illustrate tips for effective interaction using student testimonies and the presenters’ knowledge and experience. Questions addressed in this workshop include:
• What are the struggles international students experience in the classroom or office hours?
• What strategies can faculty employ to stimulate international student participation in class?
• How can faculty facilitate more dialog between international and domestic students in the classroom?
The workshop will engage the audience in a reflection and discussion of what constitutes effective classroom dynamics; analyses of student testimonies; reflection on personal instructional goals regarding classroom interaction with international students; small- and large-group discussions; and presentation of research- and experience-based content by the workshop leaders.