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January 7, 2013

CIE to offer seminars on best practices for teaching ESL students

Purdue instructors and teaching assistants can learn about best practices, scholarship of teaching and learning, and resources to address the growing international student population at Purdue in seminars offered by the Center for Instructional Excellence. Seminars will be held Thursdays starting (Jan. 10).

Purdue faculty members whose expertise includes working with students for whom English is not a native language will be featured in the five-part series. Topics include supporting international students, teaching written and oral communication, international students' perspectives, and teaching opportunities in cross-cultural classrooms. Instructors can register for a single workshop or for the series as a whole.

The first seminar on Jan. 10 will be "Supporting International Students at Purdue" featuring Tony Silva, director of the Graduate Program in Second Language Studies and coordinator of the ESL Writing Program. The seminar will be 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 314.

The seminar will include a description of the demographics of the current population of international students at institutions of higher learning in the United States; Purdue's international student population, the second largest of all public universities in the country; the support provided these students by the University; and what more can be done to ensure that their experience at Purdue will be a successful and rewarding one.

Faculty and staff, and graduate students who are currently teaching -- or those who plan to teach in the future -- are welcome to attend the seminars.

More information is available at www.purdue.edu/cie/workshop/college-teaching-workshops-series-2.html. To register for the sessions, go to http://cie2sp13.eventbrite.com/.

Questions may be directed to cie@purdue.edu or 49-66422.