Navigating the culture of a new university can be daunting, especially when it’s in a different university system than we are accustomed to: the standards of behavior for both teachers and students are likely different in the US than in your home country. This blog will address the cultural values that have influenced the US university system and offer tips and strategies for leading classes, building rapport with your students, and interacting with your professors.
US Classroom Culture EAP Blog
The Derek Bok Center (Harvard University): Oral Communications Course for International Teaching Assistants
Purdue Online Writing Lab: Useful Transition Words and Phrases
Some Scripts for Interacting with Professors and Students
For those whose first language is not English, listening and taking notes in class can be especially difficult. Learn strategies for improving your listening skills and for taking effective notes.
Notes on Listening and Note Taking
Sample Cornell Notes Blank Page
Online Resources for Listening and Note Taking
Finding a job or internship can be a confusing and challenging process. This workshop makes it a little easier. While employers may be looking for applicants with diverse experience and the ability to speak more than one langauge, searching for a position as an international student can involve additional challenges.
An informational interview can help you to:
- Investigate a specific career field
- Uncover career options you never knew existed
- Assist in narrowing (or expanding) options
- Obtain advice on where your skills might be applied
- Learn about important issues in a career field
- Broaden your own network of contacts for future reference
Starting a Successful Job Search Summary
Sample Letter Requesting an Informational Interview
Sample Telephone Conversation Requesting an Informational Interview
Sample Letter of Thanks After an Informational Interview
How to Improve you Academic English
This workshop presents several techniques non-native speakers can utilize to maximize their success when speaking and writing in English. Participants can learn how to identify and overcome the most common mistakes and problem areas encountered by international students.
Make a plan for working on your academic English
• Set realistic goals
• Learn about the features of academic English
• Read for more than just content
• Use your new vocabulary in your daily life
• Favor frequency vs. length
• Making Pronunciation a Habit