Monday, October 12, 2015

“Teaching Students from Around the World: Promoting Class Participation”

Friday, October 30, 2015
9:00-10:00 a.m.
107 Capen Hall (Honors College), North Campus


International students are a significant percentage of the UB student population.  This offers opportunities for an enriched campus environment, enhanced cultural understanding and increased global awareness for U.S. students, but it also presents special challenges.  International students bring to UB expectations of academic culture that are often not compatible with U.S. academic culture.

Come find out why international students may be reticent in class discussions and how to encourage their participation.  Gain a nuanced understanding of the psychological, linguistic, cultural and other factors underlying some international students' reluctance to speak up in class.  Learn useful techniques to promote your students' participation in class discussions, and bridge the cultural gap between your teaching style, and the students' expectations and experiences.

Presenters:  UB International Students; Ellen Dussourd, Assistant Vice Provost and Director, International Student and Scholar Services; Keith Otto, Program Director, ESL Programs