Teaching Int’l Students

Mark Algren – Director of the Applied English Center at the University of Kansas.

On August 15th, 2013 the CETL help its 2013 Fall Kickoff featuring keynote speaker Mark Algren – Director of the Applied English Center at the University of Kansas. Mark was courteous to share his PowerPoint presentation with us (as seen below) as well as a list of bibliographical resources that may assist you when teaching international students (especially Arab students). In addition, you can see some tips on advising international students from Amanda Novak and Stacy Dissinger’s presentation.


Mark’s Biography (from http://aec.ku.edu/)

Mark Algren, Director of the AEC, received his M.A. degree in ESL from Southern Illinois University. He reports to the Associate Vice Provost for International Programs and has overall responsibility for the Center’s budget and the AEC faculty and staff. He is responsible for the curriculum and all programmatic offerings, and the evaluation of courses. In addition, the director is responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training and evaluation of all AEC employees. The director oversees the admission, testing, placement, and orientation of students, and formulates and implements policy with the advice of the Associate Vice Provost. The director also works closely with the director of the university’s International Student Services, who is also ultimately concerned with the needs and academic success of the university’s international student population. As representative of the Center, he maintains liaison with members of the university faculty and staff and with members of the regional and national organizations in the field of ESL. He is an ex officio member of the Faculty Senate International Affairs Committee. The director sets a collaborative, collegial tone for the unit; advocates for the unit; and supports and conducts scholarship, professional development and service to the university, community and profession.

Helping Gulf Arab Students Succeed in College

click HERE to download PDF file with presentation and speaker notes.

Advising International Students

Teaching International Students Bibliography/Resources
Al-Sabt, Mohammed. (2006). Arabian business and cultural guide. TradersCity.com.
Al-Seghayer, Khalid. (2013). Teach us English but without its cultural values.
Althen, G. (2003). American ways: A guide for foreigners in the United States. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.
Bard College Center for Foreign Languages and Cultures Arabic Culture
Braun, J. (2013). Birth pains 101: In English.
Klamsch, Claire. Context and culture in language teaching. Oxford University Press, 2003.
Lubin, G. (2013). The Lewis model explains every culture in the world.
Matson, S., and Algren, M.S. (2006). Understanding Arab students. The ORTESOL Journal 24, 7-13.
Nydell, M. (2006). Understanding Arabs: A guide for modern times. Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press.
Pryce-Jones, D. (1989, 2002). The closed circle: An interpretation of the Arabs. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee.
Redden, E. (2013). Strategies for Saudi student success. Inside Higher Education.
Rosenfeld, M. Leung, S. Oltman, P.K. (2001). The reading, writing, speaking, and listening tasks important for academic success at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service.
Saudi Arabia: History and background. See also Education System Overview.
Saudi students guide PDF. Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission.
Thompson-Panos, K., and Thomas-Ružić, Maria. (1983). The least you should know about Arabic for ESL teachers: Implications for the ESL writing instructor. TESOL Quarterly 17(4), 609-623.
Zaharna, R.S. (1995). Bridging cultural differences: American public relations Practices & Arab communication patterns. Public Relations Review, 21 (1995), 241-255
Zaharna, R.S. (1995). Rhetorical ethnocentricism: Understanding the rhetorical landscape of Arab-American relations. Paper presented to Speech Communication Association.

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