Non-Native Speakers

Helping Instructors Who Are Non-native Speakers of English

Immersion Worksheet (PDF) - Use this form to self-diagnose how often you speak, read, and think in your native language. Can any (or all) of these instances be opportunities instead to practice English? Fluency will not just come "on its own" - you must work at it!

Common Cultural Barriers (PDF) - this page charts typical ways in which American students and international teachers might have different opinions, many of them from cultural origins they aren't even aware of.

Tips for speaking English more clearly (PDF) - this page explains several strategies for using your voice in the classroom in a way that maximizes student comprehension of your speech.

Helping Students Who Are Non-native Speakers of English

International Services Center - Provides information for current and prospective UCF students about visas, immigration, cultural experiences, and a calendar of events.

The English Language Institute - Provides English language programs at UCF (for a fee), and coordinates cultural programs to increase multicultural awareness.

External websites that provide good ideas for how faculty can help international students: A Guide to Helping International Students (from Virginia Tech) and Teaching International Students: Pedagogical Issues and Strategies (from University of Michigan).

 

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Mary Tripp
College of Sciences Mary  Tripp In school, I believed that good writing was a “gift” for a chosen few, and I wasn’t one of the chosen. After many years, I realized that becoming a good writer is a struggle for everyone. Like learning to write, learning to teach is also a struggle for everyone. Good teaching is not a “gift” for a chosen few—good ...

Michael Strawser
College of Arts and Humanities Michael   Strawser Three goals that are central to my overall teaching philosophy are energy, respect, and edification. Energy: I believe that a good teacher should be dynamic, enthusiastic, and passionate for the subject, very knowledgeable and competent in communicating his or her knowledge. These are prope...

Elena Flitsiyan
College of Sciences Elena  Flitsiyan Teaching undergraduate physics is the most satisfying aspect of my responsibilities as a faculty member at UCF. I am of the firm opinion that modern society requires a better understanding of the mechanisms governing our universe, at all scales, for us to fully develop ourselves in a way respectful to our enviro...