MicroCPD: Making international students feel more included

 Els Van Geyte gives some tips on making international students feel more included

What else can you do for your students?

Signposting: Encourage them to book an appointment or go to a drop in session, for a 30-minute individual consultation with an English tutor about an aspect of their work (e.g. based on a few pages from an essay):


Encourage students to attend lunchtime classes or afternoon workshops, e.g. study skills, thesis writing skills, British culture:

https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/bia/insessional/english-classes.aspx  https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/bia/insessional/index.aspx

Setting up bespoke classes: Contact the Birmingham International Academy (BIA) to discuss the requirements for ‘English for your subject’ classes, in which BIA tutors provide discipline-specific academic English:


Further reading

Corrigan, P. T., 2015. When students don’t answer a question, what does the awkward silence mean? Teaching and Learning in Higher Ed – Perspective [Online]

Hsu, C.F. and Huang, I., 2017. Are International Students Quiet in Class? The Influence of Teacher Confirmation on Classroom Apprehension and Willingness to Talk in ClassJournal of International Students7(1), pp.38-52.

Robertson, M., Line, M., Jones, S. and Thomas, S., 2000. International students, learning environments and perceptions: A case study using the Delphi technique. Higher Education Research & Development19(1), pp.89-102.