ERIC Number: ED393495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
An Orientation & Leadership Training Handbook for International Students.
Hansen, M. Eileen
This handbook provides guidance for implementing orientation activities for international students at Middlesex County College (MCC), in New Jersey. An introduction describes the development of MCC's orientation plan, indicating that, in response to problems faced by international students, the college developed an overnight orientation and leadership training session which resulted in a 97% increase in retention for these students after the first year of implementation. Next, the objectives of the MCC orientation program are described as increasing retention for international as well as immigrant students, familiarizing language minority students with American culture, promoting tolerance among language minority students, and enabling these students to plan and take leadership roles. The handbook then reviews the following issues related to implementing the orientation and leadership training session: (1) choosing a site; (2) financial considerations related to transportation, accommodations, equipment, extra activities, and snacks; (3) deciding on the time of year to hold the session; (4) staffing considerations; (5) inviting students; (6) providing the necessary equipment and supplies; (7) pre-orientation activities, such as faculty and staff training and student meetings; and (8) on-site activities, including ice breaker activities, participant interviews, informal cultural activities, social activities, formal activities, and leadership training. Appendixes include background information on language and culture; sample activities related to exploring American cultural concepts through proverbs and diversity role-playing games; and a summary of an MCC ethnic heritage week. Contains 25 references. (TGI)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Middlesex County Coll., Edison, NJ.