OPD Workshop: Improving Communication with International Students

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Workshop summary

International students do not always have a lot of experience using English as a medium for communication and this class aims to look at ways their academic, social and cultural experience at the University of Dundee can be enhanced. Using research findings on ways that international students themselves feel their experience can be improved, this class will also highlight some common sources of language misunderstanding and suggest ways to help overcome these. It will also touch upon the different academic cultures that some of our students come from and how these differences can lead to problems in adapting to the UK academic culture. This workshop is in two parts with the second part focusing on the topic from a teaching point of view which allows non-teaching staff to leave after the first hour.

Aims and Objectives

• To provide an overview of research aimed at enhancing international student learning
• To give an overview of English for Academic Purposes to help understand what the students are expecting
• Outline some common language areas that can lead to misunderstandings
• To give an overview of the academic cultures of some of our students
• To consider ways that we can help international students reach their potential.
Period7 Jan 2020
Event typeWorkshop
LocationDundee, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal