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Resources for Faculty Teaching International Students

One of the goals of UNH’s 2010 Strategic Plan is “internationalizing” the campus. As the Navitas partnership and other efforts to recruit undergraduates from abroad continue to show results, the university’s classrooms will have a different look and feel than they have had in the past. The change will carry with it exciting opportunities for enhancing the learning of all students as well as the need for faculty to make some adjustments to the ways in which they teach their course material and how they communicate with their students.

Many other universities have had significant experience in making their campuses places where learning is maximized for students from all countries, for whom English is not a first language. Below are some links to resources from several such institutions about ways to best meet the learning needs of all students, no matter their country of origin.

This Carnegie Mellon University Faculty Guide prepares faculty to recognize and address cultural variations that they may be encountering more often in the classroom. The Guide first addresses the different educational experiences and expectations that students from different backgrounds may possess, before proceeding on to suggestions for instructors.

This Clark University webpage of professional development tools contains a regular feature about teaching international students. Although it is directed at graduate students, its teaching recommendations for Teaching Assistants and additional resources about teaching international students may be helpful for instructors at all levels.

This Michigan State University International Center website contains a variety of video clips of students talking about their experiences at the University as well as video clips of administrators talking about international student logistic issues. Links to school and community resources as well as commonly required student forms are provided as well.

These resources from the University of Dayton offer general strategies for teaching international students as well as specific tips for responding to cultural differences and to non-native speakers of English.

This publication, entitled "Helping International Students Succeed in University Programs" is distributed by Cedarville University's Office of Academic Enrichment. It contains sections on the different types of international students instructors may meet, suggestions for helping international students adjust in the classroom, academic accommodations for non-native English speakers, as well as a list of additional resources.

This is a pdf of international and undergraduate student stories and observations at the University of Delaware taken from focus groups of students in different majors.

UNH's Robert J. Connors Writing Center offers a variety of services and resources for non-native speakers of English. If you have ESL students in a course you teach, you are encouraged to refer them to the Center for consultation and assistance with their writing: