Adapting to the Culture of the American Classroom
This workshop for international faculty explores the
unique challenges faced by international faculty and offers strategies
to help them teach more effectively in the Carnegie Mellon classroom.
Communicating More Successfully in a Global Environment
Carnegie Mellon has been very successful in creating a world-famous "global" university.
However, when speakers from different countries, cultures and language groups interact the potential for misunderstandings exists due to
both language and cultural differences. This interactive workshop will raise awareness of the factors that may hinder communication and
help participants develop strategies and problem-solving techniques to deal with these challenges.
Interviewing Nonnative English Speakers (NNES):
Tips for interviewers not trained in language assessment
This workshop was created in response to faculty concerns that interviews
with international applicants are often more challenging due to language and cultural differences.
Also, some faculty find that their lack of background with language assessment can lead to an inaccurate
impression of an applicant's command of spoken English. Participants become aware of the potential stumbling
blocks and familiarized themselves with some basic techniques and procedures commonly used at ICC to
communicate with nonnative English speakers.
The Other Side of the Equation: A View from Three International TAs
While this material is the basis of a seminar, in the past year we also turned it into self-paced material for international
faculty (video + study guide) to help them recognize key differences in classroom cultures and learning styles around world,
and to better understand the challenges they will face in the CMU classroom. On the video three international CMU graduate
students compare higher education in their home country with what they encountered on this campus, and reflect on what they
learned about US-style education, both positive and negative.
Teaching in a Multi-cultural Classroom
This is an interactive workshop for faculty and/or TAs that looks at issues of cross-cultural
communication and cultural differences in the multi-cultural classroom.
The workshop helps instructors identify potential problem areas and develop
strategies for preventing those problems and creating a cohesive classroom
Understanding ICC Support for Nonnative English Speakers
This workshop is intended for department administrators working with international students, and covers issues such as:
ensuring that students get started as soon as possible with ICC work, helping them better understand and prepare
for the ITA test, interpreting TOEFL score more effectively. Participants also have the opportunity to share "best
practices" for dealing with and supporting international students in their departments