Tips for Understanding International Students

Helping Faculty Teach International Students

On a U.S. campus a female student from the United States is assigned to head a group in which Saudi men are participants. A Japanese woman complains about the directness and perceived bossiness of team members in a class project. An international student is confused about references, such as Daffy Duck, that were used in a lecture.

These are just a few examples of possible issues arising from the cultural differences international students experience. Below are tips for helping to understand international students and to teach them so they have a rich and successful international experience at UNI.

1.   Tips for Faculty Working with International Students in the Classroom

This article gives tips to faculty that will help them when it comes to working with international students in the classroom. 

Marci Hall. (2018, October 17). Tips for Teaching International Students, John Hopkins University, The Innovative Instructor Blog  

2.  Using Appreciative Advising with International Students

The author points out the unique challenges international students faced such as lifestyle adjustments, language differences, educational systems differences and cultural awareness. Appreciative advising is a great tool to draw out international students' potential and help them create a positive learning environment.
Palmer, E. (2009, September 9). Using Appreciative Advising with International Students. The Mentor. 

3.  Helping International Students Succeed in University Programs

The article discuss the suggestions for teaching international students such as understanding the profile of your international students, academic accommodations for international students who are non-native speakers of English and classroom protocols.
Loach, B. L. (2004, August). Helping International Students Succeed in University Programs. 1-7.  

4.  Internationalization of the Higher Education Classroom: Strategies to Facilitate Intercultural Learning and Academic Success

This article helps faculty member understand international learners and aware the cultural diversity present in the classroom. The faculty members can provide learning opportunities through effective teaching practices such as creating an inviting classroom environment, facilitating the discussion in international classroom and having group-oriented activities in the international classroom. The faculties can provide learning opportunities, both academic and socially, that meets the needs of international and host students while preparing them for the effective interactions in a global society. Students in a cross-cultural classroom will be afforded opportunities to develop and refine methods of interacting with individuals with different backgrounds and cultures in preparation of jobs and careers that will require interactions in a globalized market place.
Crose, B. (2011). Internationalization of the Higher Education Classroom: Strategies to Facilitate Intercultural Learning and 
Academic Success. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 23, 388-395. Retrieved June 2, 2016.   

5.  Strategies For Teaching International Students

There are strategies and principles for teaching international students. It is important for faculties to understand the cultural differences between international students when the faculties teach international students and respond to international students’ writing. The article also gives practical ways to teach students who are Non-Native speakers of English.
Strategies For Teaching International Students: TEACHING A DIVERSE STUDENT BODY. (n.d.). Retrieved June 2, 2016    

6.  Suggestions For Teaching International Students More Effectively

This article gives faculty members a broad view that how we can help international students know what they need to do be successful on the courses. The author discussed several academic approaches to teach international students such as group work,lighten the cognitive load. By paying attentions on safe practices and feedback, interpersonal relationships and cross-cultural sensitivities, faculty members can create the supportive and encouraging environment for international students more effectively. 
Eman Elturki teaches ESL and serves as the curriculum and assessment coordinator at the Intensive American Language Center of Washington State University..