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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Joanna Mishtal
College of Sciences Joanna       Mishtal Having grown up in communist Poland, my memories of school days include intimidating oral exams in front of the class, punitive pop quizzes, severe discipline, and a symbolic barrier between student and teacher. After more than 20 years in the United States, these memories remind me of the kind of teacher I do n...

Edwardo Divo
College of Engineering and Computer Science Edwardo  Divo During my relatively long career as an educator in the field of engineering, I have come to realize that a Teaching Philosophy is a product of an evolutionary process that adapts to many different circumstances and that it transcends borders and even language barriers. My philosophy begins by placing myse...

Terri Fine
College of Sciences Terri  Fine Learning is an imperfect process best tackled with a holistic approach. Strengths, weaknesses and work habits combine so that some students perform better than others; all students need to show strengths and address weaknesses as part of their learning. I provide diverse assessments while also working with student...