At OSU, our Student Engagement Coordinator for IEP students works with faculty to establish our conversation partner program as an option to fulfill a course requirement. This increases our number of volunteers, and the diversity of students who join the program and are exposed to international students.
September 2013: Providing Student Services at Intensive English Programs
What are the different ways that an IEP provides students services (orientation, exploring your community, language buddies, counseling services, health insurance and providing medical care, etc.)?
Please share your innovative ideas and programs as the student services side to IEP is critical for success during language learning and in the transition to an academic degree program.
Once a week, international students take a one hour culture class that is taught to them by undergraduate students on campus. The culture class covers all kinds of topics specific to the U.S. and their region, while introducing them to students who are already on campus. We plan events for them to mingle as well with their student mentors.
We take students on a food and history tour of the downtown area using a local food tour company. This walking tour visits up to 6 different restaurants where students sample local food and meets the chefs (ie. lots of interaction), while also learning history of the city. It's a great way for them to learn about the community and what kind of cuisines are available to them. If you don't have a local food tour company, ...more »
We host international coffees with IEP students and native English speakers, so that the students can practice their languages skills in a relaxed setting.
Our teachers lead a scavenger hunt of the surrounding neighborhood so that new students can better understand their environment and practice their conversation skills with local merchants.