BGC: Academic ESL: Facilitating Student Success
Through courses designed not only to improve international students’ language proficiency, but also their understanding of US culture and the US classroom, ESL Programs supports student success. This session will discuss English as a Second Language (ESL) at the University. The presenters will describe how ESL eases the academic transition from a student’s home country to the US. Focus will be on the undergraduate population that ESL serves with explanation of the on-campus testing of new students and changes that have been made to the ESL curriculum to better serve the international undergraduate population. The presentation will illustrate how ESL at Iowa has evolved and what knowledge and training teachers need to best serve their students’ needs. Finally, the presenters will provide ideas and strategies to help reduce communication breakdowns with individuals whose first language is not English.
Participants may take courses individually, without working toward a certificate. Successful fulfillment of the Building Our Global Community certificate requires completion of one required core course and four elective courses. All courses taken for the program are free of charge to participants.
UI faculty and staff can sign up online through Employee Self-Service under the “Personal” tab in My Training; search for courses listed with BGC in the course title.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Brandon Paulson in advance at (319) 335-0335.