Supporting international students: staff development training

Date: 18 April, 2008
Location: Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London
Event type: Workshop

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students in class

This event is intended for teaching staff who work with international students. It will present a training pack commissioned by the Subject Centre for use by education developers (workshop mode) or by individual staff (online mode). The materials provide reflective activities designed to engage teachers with some of the key issues in working with international students and practical ideas for ways in which these can be addressed. It will be of particular interest to new staff or anyone new to working with international students.

Learning outcomes

  • Increased awareness of areas of the UK learning experience that may present challenges for international students
  • Strategies for improving the learning experience of international students
  • Ability to cascade ideas/training from the workshop to others

Workshop fee

There is no charge for employees and postgraduate students of publicly funded UK educational institutions. The fee for employees and postgraduate students of private institutions/organisations and non-UK institutions is £40.00.

Lunch will be provided. Please note we reserve the right to charge a £20.00 non-attendance fee.

Travel bursary

A travel bursary is available for this event. Closing date for applications is: 4th March 2008.

Provisional programme for 18 April 2008
Time Session
10.00 - 10.30 Registration
10.30 - 10.45 Welcome and introduction
Alison Dickens, LLAS and Dave Burnapp, University of Northampton
10.45 - 11.30 Student perspectives on the internationalisation experience
Zhao Wei, University of Northampton and Risi Zha, University of Warwick
Presentation (Powerpoint)
11.30 - 12.30 The Internationalisation Staff Training Pack
Dave Burnapp, University of Northampton
12.30 - 13.00 The practical language challenges facing international students and how universities support them during their time in the UK
Gavin Dodsworth, English Language Centre, King’s College London
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 14.30 Online staff development resources
Alison Dickens, LLAS University of Southampton
Sample activity
14.30 - 15.15 Discussion groups: The internationalised curriculum
Fiona Hyland, Education Subject Centre (ESCALATE)
15.15 - 15.30 Tea
15.30 - 16.00 Preparation for success: developing an online pre-arrival student toolkit for UK HEIs
Julie Watson, University of Southampton, and Celia Partridge, UKCISA
16.00 - 16.15 Final remarks and closing
Dave Burnapp, University of Northampton