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VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

Virginia Commonwealth
University provides
resources such as
English language
tutoring with
one-on-one
support.

created new positions. At VCU an English
language support coordinator assists students
and faculty on reading and writing strategies,
and a transition coordinator works with ELP
students before they enter regular academic
classes and during their first year of study.
Tulsa also created a new position, assistant dean for academic English programs for
international students. He works
closely with the English department
and the writing center, as well as assessing programs and reporting to
the faculty about strategies that are
working well in the classroom.
At JMU one academic adviser is
designated to work exclusively with
international business students.
USD uses a collaborative approach when an international student
is struggling, either academically or personally.
Initially the faculty member may meet with
Grassi or Lin and the assistant dean to come
up with a game plan. Then the student is called
in to go over possible resources and solutions.
"This targeted hands-on approach helps
us address issues in the early stages and may
alert us to concerns that might be affecting
the student's ability to focus on his or her
studies," Grassi says. "Otherwise, the student
might simply attend class and eventually be
placed on academic probation or be disqualified." This approach, while time consuming,
is encouraged at USD and viewed as a proactive student retention strategy.
Many international offices conduct
surveys to identify problem areas. After canvassing its faculty and staff, Tulsa developed

a year-long global development program in
which they offered workshops on engaging
non-native students in the classroom and in
the community, and identifying resources
to deal effectively with a global classroom. A
workshop on pronouncing Chinese names
was especially popular.
NAFSA has a tool designed
to help international
students adapt to the U.S.
classroom environment:
U.S. Classroom Culture.
This can be helpful to
faculty when working with
international students,
as well as in student
orientation programs. Order
online at nafsa.org/pubs.

Student Orientations
Pave the Way
Many schools sponsor orientation programs
when international students arrive at their
U.S. university. At UST there's a week-long
program dealing with academic expectations, immigration, course registration, and
campus resources.
USD offers summer orientation programs
to get international students acclimated
before the start of classes. Last year they
sponsored six-week programs for undergrads and three weeks for graduate students.
Although the summer experiences are optional, Grassi says it's catching on and is now
mandatory for graduate accounting students.

VCU has taken orientation programs
even further, literally, traveling to India last
year to deliver a two-week program for the
joint MBA program with Christ University
in Bangalore. The business faculty expressed
concern that the 40 to 60 Indian students
who came to Virginia for their second year
of study were deficient in group work, presentation skills, and academic integrity.
Sometimes information comes from unexpected places. In 2012 Friedman worked
with a Saudi doctoral student who decided
to do qualitative research on his fellow students' struggles. Since English was not their
first language, some students found it difficult to quickly take notes in classes; they
were unaware that they could get help. Another obstacle was course selection. In Saudi
Arabia, students were told what classes they
would take. In the United States it was overwhelming to have such a wide selection;
they needed some hand holding. Other issues related to critical thinking, group work,
vocabulary, and slang. This information was
shared with key UST faculty for enhanced
understanding and appropriate changes
were made in orientations.

Moving Forward
U.S. educators have high hopes for improving the relationships with their international
students. Kratz plans to sponsor a survey
this year to collect information from both
students and faculty "to see if there is a disconnect with what is perceived as the needs
of international students." He also wants to
find ways to attract more faculty and staff to
attend workshops. In her quest to reach more
faculty, including adjuncts, Friedman plans to
do three to four presentations each year.
"We believe what we are doing is helping our faculty teach everyone better," Hill
says. "If they are being clearer in their explanations because they have international
students in their classrooms, it helps everyone in the classroom."
IE
MARIAN KISCH is a freelance writer in Bethesda,
Maryland. Her last article for IE was "Community
Colleges Partner With Brazil" in the March/April
2013 issue.

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