Anita Solarski & Amany Habib: Strategies for success in college: Pre-service teachers experiences in mentoring international students

Posted on May 24, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Anita Solarski & Amany Habib: Strategies for success in college: Pre-service teachers experiences in mentoring international students                          

Audience: International Students/IEP, ESOL Adult Education, Teacher Education

The presentation provides an overview of collaborative efforts between instructors at the teacher education program at The University of West Florida (UWF) and the director of the Intensive English Program (IEP) on campus. The efforts were part of a project designed to engage pre-service teachers who are enrolled in an introduction course in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages in a mentoring partnership with international students enrolled at the Intensive English Program who expressed a desire to, upon graduation from the IEP, continue on at UWF to earn a degree. The pre-service teachers met with their mentees at least twice per month offering strategies and suggestions for academic success in an institution of higher education in the U.S. and will share, along with their professors, important highlights from the experience. Anita Solarski has been an instructor at UWF for 12 years and has taught a number of TESOL and special education courses. She teaches an introduction and foundation course in TESOL and she has an extensive experience in classroom management and early childhood education. Dr. Solarski’s research interests include service learning and TESOL related topics. Amany Habib is an instructor of TESOL courses at UWF. She has been teaching at UWF since 2001 and her research interests include cross-cultural communication, applied linguistics, adult education, and methods of teaching languages.

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