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Meeting the Needs of International Students in the Classroom

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2:50 PM - 4:05 PM

Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


Do you wish you knew how to meet the needs of the international students in your classes without diminishing the experience of your domestic students? The international student population is rapidly increasing at USC, and with this increase comes some notable benefits to our university, our domestic students, and the overall classroom climate. These students typically have very strong motivation to succeed but very specific challenges that make classroom content more difficult to access and professor expectations more difficult to understand and meet.

In this workshop, you will learn about the difficulties that international students typically experience and tips on how to facilitate their learning. Participants will develop a plan for making their course content more accessible to international students while also enhancing learning for their domestic students.



Renata Bobakova
Assistant Academic Director
International Accelerator Program

Renata Bobakova is the Assistant Academic Director at the International Accelerator Program. She has been working in the education field since 2003, teaching ESL to adults at immigration centers, school districts, and at an IEP. She has also worked as an English language fellow at Ibnou Zohr University in Agadir, Morocco. She has an extensive background in teacher training, and she has presented at TESOL conferences both in the U.S.A. and abroad.

Sherry Warren
Academic Director
International Accelerator Program

Sherry Warren is the Academic Director of the International Accelerator Program. Her specialty areas include the academic readiness of international students, and second language acquisition curriculum and pedagogy. She has worked with international students both in the US and abroad, has served as the Writing/Grammar Coordinator at English Programs for Internationals, and has served in roles within the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), International TESOL, and the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA). Sherry presents locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on second language acquisition and teaching.



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