ERIC Number: ED421059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Teaching American Students. A Guide for International Faculty and Teaching Assistants in Colleges and Universities. Revised Edition.
Based on materials used in a training program for international faculty and teaching assistants, this guide is intended to provide practical guidance for foreign nationals teaching in American college classrooms. Following an introduction, the first chapter quotes advice from faculty members and teaching assistants from various nations. Chapter 2 considers assumptions that affect teaching in the American classroom, such as academic background and appropriate teaching strategies. Chapter 3 suggests ways to bridge the gap with students, such as commenting on one's command of English and keeping a sense of humor. Chapter 4 offers guidance on how to give presentations that students can understand. Chapter 5 offers guidelines for providing direction and continuity when leading a discussion, and chapter 6 is on understanding meanings beyond words (such as body language and eye contact). Included in the 13 appendices is information on course preparation questions, managing the first day of class, guidelines for observing American teachers and students, managing office hours, suggested assignments for discussion sections, teaching tips for science section leaders, grading problem sets, writing comments about student papers, grading papers, and sexual harassment. Also included are a glossary; a list of resources; and lists of selected readings or tapes. (DB)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Faculty, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Faculty Development, Foreign Culture, Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Higher Education, International Educational Exchange, Teacher Exchange Programs, Teaching Assistants, Teaching Methods
Intercultural Press, P.O. Box 700, Yarmouth, ME 04096 (Stock No. I-715, $11.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.