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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Amanda Groff
College of Sciences Amanda  Groff With differing learning styles, varied background knowledge, and biases, but that these diverse perspectives can actually enrich the learning environment. As such, my role is to create a virtual classroom in which this sharing of learning and discovery flourishes. A strength of the virtual classroom is its ...

Karen Verkler
College of Education Karen  Verkler I have been an educator in several disciplines. However, it is my opinion that content area instruction is of secondary importance. Of utmost importance is the establishment of a caring, positive learning environment in which students are encouraged to believe in themselves and to demonstrate self-respect and re...

Michael Strawser
College of Arts and Humanities Michael Strawser All true education and edification (or Bildung, which nicely captures the meanings of both words) is based on respect, and I am thankful to have consistently scored highest in this category on my student perception of instruction forms. There are several ways that I try to respect my students, perhaps the most im...