Navigating Pedagogical Choices by Heightening Awareness of Linguistic Preferences: Practical Strategies for Supporting English-as-an-additional-language Students

Workshop Description
Those who follow current trends in international student enrolment in English-speaking countries will have noticed no shortage of news about the efforts of academic institutions to attract more international students and the diverse concerns regarding these students’ language-support needs.
In view of this growing internationalization of higher education, this session will consider pedagogical challenges from the learners’ perspective. In particular, it will illustrate the salient linguistic features of a chosen source language, in this case Chinese, as an example of the potential communication challenges faced by students, thereby raising attendees’ awareness about students’ own communication preferences.
It will then explore practical strategies informed by teaching, research, and practice for supporting international English-as-an-additional-language students with the goal of demystifying commonly held misperceptions that may undermine learning and outcomes.
Presenter Bio: Dr. Li-Shih Huang
Dr. Li-Shih Huang’s academic training encompasses specialized study of organizational psychology, international business and marketing, education, and applied linguistics. Since her first language-teaching job in 1992, Li-Shih has garnered extensive experience in instruction and curriculum design in English language teaching for general, academic, and business purposes at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Canada and overseas.
Her creativity in the design of pedagogical materials has been recognized by the largest international professional association in the field, TESOL, which awarded her the Mary Finocchiaro Award for Excellence in the Development of Pedagogical Materials. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Humanities Teaching Excellence Award.
Li-Shih’s interests in research and scholarly dissemination extend quite broadly, including areas such as EAP (English for academic purposes) needs and outcomes assessment, corpus-aided teaching and learning, learner strategies in language learning and language testing, and reflective learning. Her research has been externally funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Education Testing Service, and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS™).
You can find Li-Shih on the web at and on Twitter @AppLingProf.

Tuesday, March 27 at 10:00am to 11:30am

Lewis Center Room 1411

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