Teaching is hard enough without cultural and linguistic differences in students from abroad and within the U.S. Your students want to be engaged. These tips and resources are to help you help your CLD* students learn in the classroom.
*CLD: Culturally and linguistically diverse. Refers to students who may self-identify with multiple languages and cultures including but not limited to international students.
Refer your students to English language support services if they need additional academic support in writing or other modalities. Socialize the students into accessing services including inviting students to your office hours. Seeking support may be a socially and culturally bound concept so please encourage your students to access services.
- Tutoring at the Learning Support Center: https://ip.wsu.edu/learn-english/learning-support-center
- Tutoring at the Academic Success and Career Center: https://ascc.wsu.edu/peer-tutoring/
- Writing support from the Writing Center: https://writingprogram.wsu.edu/undergraduate-writing-center/
- Math support from the Math Learning Center: http://math.wsu.edu/mlc/
Support students’ understanding of the U.S. university environment. Do not assume silence or lack of participation means a student is not proficient in English as other cultures and educational systems have teacher-centered instruction where the expectation may be that it is rude or impolite to interact or participate. Be sensitive to the use of idioms or slang and if you are using those, use it as a teachable moment (i.e., out of the blue, rule of thumb).
- Support from the Intensive American Language Center faculty and related programs: https://ip.wsu.edu/learn-english/
Continue to make use of a Learning Management system such as Canvas to share information from class, record lectures and provide timely feedback about academic performance.
- Consult Academic Outreach and Innovation: https://aoi.wsu.edu/
- AAC & U Global Learning Value Rubric: https://www.aacu.org/value/rubrics/global-learning
- ACE Internationalization Toolkit: https://www.acenet.edu/Research-Insights/Pages/Internationalization/Internationalization-Toolkit.aspx
Get to know your students by establishing inclusive class expectations and support structures, and put them in the syllabus.
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