ERIC Number: ED356746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
International Student Speaker Programs: "Someone from Another World."
This study surveyed members of the Association of International Educators and community volunteers to find out how international student speaker programs actually work. An international student speaker program provides speakers (from the university foreign student population) for community organizations and schools. The results of the survey (49 responses to a survey questionnaire) and practical experience indicated that the typical program involves 25 to 50 students per year and at least 20 presentations. Audiences for speakers are commonly schools but also include civic organizations, church groups, scouts, and mass media outlets. The program is usually run out of the university or college's international office which matches requests with speakers, recruits students, publicizes the availability of the program, orients potential participants, and trains participants. Perennial problems usually are in finding time, sufficient financial support, logistics of transportation and scheduling, and communications. Characteristics of a successful program include good speakers and good audiences, program organization, cooperation and collaboration with other agencies, and evaluation. In addition, the survey found several interesting variations on the traditional speakers program format. Appended are a listing of 48 programs and sample forms, fliers and questionnaires from two programs. (JB)
Descriptors: College Administration, College Students, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Intercultural Programs, International Education, Program Descriptions, Public Speaking, School Community Relationship, Surveys
NAFSA Association of International Educators, 1874 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20009 ($6).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: United States Information Agency, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: NAFSA - Association of International Educators, Washington, DC.