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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Karen Verkler
College of Education Karen  Verkler I believe that content area instruction is of secondary importance. Of utmost importance is the establishment of a caring, positive learning environment in which the student is encouraged to believe in himself/herself and to demonstrate self-respect and respect for others. In addition, I adamantly espou...

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...

Christopher Geiger
College of Engineering and Computer Science Christopher Geiger My teaching approach inside and outside the classroom is based on my view that an instructor, in addition to being a supplier of knowledge, is a facilitator of knowledge. In my opinion, an effective teacher should have sound fundamentals and command over the theoretical concepts as well as a broad knowledge beyon...