Rensselaer Faculty and Staff Workshop - Encouraging Intercultural Communication
Rensselaer attracts students from around the globe, with the total number of undergraduate & graduate students nearly doubling in the last 10 years. This creates a richness of international diversity in the classroom, but can also can bring challenges for both faculty and students. Faculty may be frustrated by limited participation of the international students, especially non-native English speakers; American students may think they are carrying the brunt of team projects; and the international students may be confused and overwhelmed by the interaction expected of them. This workshop will help faculty members and administrators understand factors contributing to such frustrations, identify common challenges for language learners, and learn techniques for supporting more effective intercultural learning. Participants will leave better prepared to welcome the world.

Sample topics to be covered:

• The composition of Rensselaer’s international population, and related cultural differences
in educational expectations.
• Common communication challenges for the individual (listening, speaking, reading, writing)
• Teamwork hot spots
• Incorporating best practices of interactive learning for “universal benefits” for all students
• Creating, supporting, and problem-shooting teams
• Building on cultural strengths
• Small tweaks that can yield big results
• Resources for more information

This workshop will be held on Monday, November 6th from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the Beta Classroom - First Floor of Folsom Library. Note: Food or drinks are not allowed in the Beta Classroom.

Brea Barthel, Director of Language & Cultural Support will be presenting this workshop.

Registration is required. Please register by November 1st. Space is limited.

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