The ACAA Professional Development Committee invites you to attend our winter session:
What do you say to a student complaining that they are struggling in a course because they are having difficulty understanding their instructor? What does research tell us? How do experts say we should proceed? This term’s Professional Development workshop will focus on strategies for advising students dealing with, or complaining about, such language barriers.
What: ACAA Professional Development Workshop-Winter 2018
When: Wednesday, Feb. 21st from Noon-1:00 pm
Where: 166 Lawrence Hall
Melissa Baese-Berk, Associate Professor Department of Linguistics
Robert Elliott, Associate Director Northwest Indian Language Institute
Trish Pashby, Senior Instructor II American English Institute
International TAs – or IGEs at the UO – have been a fixture of US universities since the 1970s. There are many advantages IGEs and international faculty bring to higher education, but too often undergraduate students blame their lack of learning on the pronunciation or language abilities of their international instructors. This workshop is designed to equip advisors with knowledge that may help when working with undergraduates complaining about international GEs or faculty .
1) what procedures the UO currently has in place for testing and assisting IGEs,
2) what the research says about “accent” and intercultural communication and
3) what UO undergraduates can do toward finding success in courses taught by IGEs.
ACAA Professional Development Committee
Jagdeep Bala, Bear Goodman, Dietrich Moore, Aparna Sundar