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Helping Students Write After ESLLeo Schmitt CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College/Graduate CenterDonna DrewesNew York UniversityOverviewRationaleNeeds AnalysisFounding a ProgramAncillary SupportWriting TutorsAcademic Enhancement SessionsFaculty OutreachChallengesQ & ARationaleMassive growth in International Student Population (500 % in four years)Unevenly prepared content facultyQuestionable integrity of standardized language testsDisconnect of international student expectations and realityMajor discussion of the maintenance of standards

Needs AnalysisFaculty expectations of linguistic and cultural skills diverge widelyStudent expectations of support and engagement highAdministrative understanding of the challenges limited

Conclusion: The challenge extends far beyond just writingFive areas of supportSocial and Cultural SupportGlobal Network Representatives ProgramOne-on-one Writing and Language TutoringAcademic Enhancement ProgramFaculty Support and TrainingSocial and cultural support

Pen Pals InternationalA support group led by an experienced teacher focused on presenting writing as a tool for empowermentExploring text as a means to build up intrinsic motivation in students Community support for writing goalsAn opportunity to socialize and make friendsSocial and cultural support

Intercultural DiscussionsCommunity members introduce relevant cultural topics and then encourage student insights An opportunity for students to take pride in and share their own cultural perspectivesAn opportunity to practice speaking in a supportive, low stakes environmentAn opportunity to socialize and make friends

Social and cultural supportInternational ClubA student-run club that puts on social and cultural events for all School studentsEvents have included a Holi festival, a Mid-Autumn festival party, and an international game night All events are student-driven and student-run, so offer a chance to get involved and take on leadership positionsAn opportunity to socialize and make friends

Social and cultural support

Referral and Support NYU is a big university with many servicesOften overwhelming and impersonal for studentsIt can be hard to know how things work in another country or to know what you should doThe center offers a place where dedicated staff respond immediately to virtually any student concernGlobal Network Representative (Buddy) ProgramA program to put students in touch with other students who can help one-on-oneA great way to make friends Meet students from the United States or their country who want to helpContinuing students can volunteer to help a new student feel at home, giving a sense of purpose and valueLanguage Tutoring

Work with a professional tutor one on one for one hour.Can help with writing, speaking, reading, listening. Book in advance or try walking-in.Book in person at the Center or by e-mail

Language TutoringThe ProcessThe Variety of StudentsDifferent LevelsDifferent Cultures and LanguagesDifferent Academic Needs and Styles

Academic Enhancement ProgramBuilt by marrying needs with faculty skillsInstructors are specialists in their fieldGreat opportunity to improve skillsMore support for students to improve in weak areasAcademic Enhancement ProgramAcademic Enhancement SessionsCollege SkillsWritingSpeakingCulture (Academic and General)TechnologyAlso a forum for students to air concernsFaculty OutreachContent Faculty very open to support and suggestionsMultiple presentations and discussions offeredTechniques for working with international studentsIndividual consultation and supportChallengesStart-up; No BlueprintsReaching StudentsVaried Disciplinary NeedsVaried Faculty NeedsAdministrative CommunicationFundingQuestions?Leo Schmitttschmitt@bmcc.cuny.eduDonna