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March 21, 2013

CIE event to focus on international teaching assistants' perspective

The Center for Instructional Excellence will offer a panel discussion on "Teaching & Learning: International TAs' Perspectives" on Thursday (March 28).

Luciana de Oliveira, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, will lead the discussion, which will be held 1:30-3 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 322. Graduate students on the panel are Alsu Gilmetdinova (Russia), Shu-Wen Lan (Taiwan), Sara Solorzano (Honduras) and Reiko Akiyama (Japan).

As English language learners (ELL) studying to be instructors, these graduate students in Purdue's College of Education will share their unique perspectives on the culture shock, adjustments, and support systems international students need to be successful in academia. The challenges of reading and studying in a non-native language (even one studied for years before), cultural differences that may affect class participation, and other struggles in academia in the United States will be addressed. Panelists will discuss the roles of instructors and mentors as students move through a spiral process of meeting and achieving goals.

To register, go to http://cie2sp13.eventbrite.com. For more information, email cie@purdue.edu or call 49-66422.