Shared Adventures: How International Students from Four Continents Learn English Together


This presentation will introduce the feature of the Intensive English Bridge Program (IEBP), the teaching methods and learning strategies the author and her colleagues developed to help the international students in IEBP at Indiana Institute of Technology. The presentation will first give a profile of the college, the students, and the courses, followed by the benefits students enjoy in the IEBP (a seamless connection between language learning and degree-granting academic courses), the atmosphere and culture of the learning community (students are from countries all over the world, the college is small with experienced and passionate faculty), the courses and teaching methods (a student-center learning environment with spiral-type of teach, real-life experiences, and student-lead, instructor-assisted projects, professional development of faculty, etc.), and the strategies developed by both the faculty and the students (conversation tables, adopt-a-pal, link -with-a-family, writing and discussing online, etc.) Two government-sponsored special programs, Brazilian Scientific and Mobile Program (BSMP) and SACM (Saudi Arabian Culture Mission), which Indiana Institute of Technology is currently collaborating with, will be introduced. These two programs are sending thousands of students overseas, including countries in North America, Asia, and Europe, and have created both opportunities and challenges for language teachers and learners.

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Gloria Chen, Indiana Institute of Technology, USA

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Conference: ACLL2015
Stream: Learning Strategies

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