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10 Tips for Effectively Teaching International Students


The diversity in USC classrooms is rapidly increasing to include students from a range of countries and linguistic backgrounds. With all of the benefits that come from having a global classroom, there are challenges that are presented by this shift. As students try to succeed in a language that they do not natively speak and in a country where the cultural differences can be confusing and overwhelming, these challenges often come to light in the classroom. This session will give you 10 key tips for ensuring that your international students successfully learn the material and meet your expectations in the classroom.

About the Facilitators

Alisha BilerAssistant Academic Director for Graduate Studies
International Accelerator Program

Alisha Biler is the Assistant Academic Director of Graduate Studies with USC’s International Accelerator Program. She graduated from USC with her Ph.D. in Linguistics where her research focused on how to improve international students’ reading skills. she has over 10 years of experience in teaching university-level international students.

Ann JanosikInstructor
English Programs for Internationals

Ann Janosik has taught English to international students for 22 years. She has coordinated curriculum across the spectrum of skill areas and is currently coordinating the English for Academic Purposes coursework for students who are beginning to take on a full load of academic coursework at USC. A skilled teacher trainer, Ann has trained instructors and graduate students to meet the linguistic needs of international students in the classroom. In addition, she is an expert in English pronunciation and has conducted workshops at the Center for Teaching Excellence and English Programs for Internationals on accent reduction and pronunciation pedagogy.

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