International Students: Strengthening a Critical Resource

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International students are often taken for granted in higher education institutions in the United States. Many college and university administrators are unaware of the initiatives of other nations to attract international students and of the need to support these students. Higher education journals have not focused much attention on international students. International Students: Strengthening a Critical Resource argues that U.S. institutions of higher education must increase their awareness of international student issues. Andrade reviews related research and highlights creative solutions and programming for the successful support of international students. The book provides practical, hands-on, broadly applicable solutions to addressing international student issues. Additionally, it serves as a practical guide for identifying and adopting best practices for serving international students.
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Maureen S. Andrade has extensive experience teaching ESL and TESOL courses. She is a former department chair and ESL program director at Brigham Young University Hawaii, and a former editor of the TESL Reporter. Her professional interests include teaching English for academic purposes, content-based language instruction, program assessment, and adjustment and retention issues for international students. Norman W. Evans is a faculty member in the Linguistics and English Language department at Brigham Young University. He has spent much of his career working with international students in a variety of capacities as an English language teacher, writing center coordinator, ESL program administrator, and TESOL teacher trainer.
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R&L Education
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Published on
Aug 16, 2009
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781607091776
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Comparative
Education / Higher
Education / Leadership
Education / Multicultural Education
Education / Organizations & Institutions
Education / Student Life & Student Affairs
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