Communicating with International Students — ISSS Intercultural Workshop Series

Thursday, January 21, 2016
 Thursday, January 21, 2:30pm to 4:30pm, University International Center
This workshop is part of the ISSS Intercultural Workshop series for UMN staff. See the full list of at

When attempting to navigate new systems at the University of Minnesota, international students can be confused by the American approach to conversations, instructions, and explanations. Likewise, staff and faculty often wish they understood the cultural expectations, communication styles, and accents of international students. This interactive workshop will be your opportunity to share, learn, and practice actionable approaches to communicating and connecting with international students, staff, and faculty (including those who are working in their second, or even third or fourth, language).

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate why the English language is difficult to learn
  • Develop tactics on communicating effectively with English language learners
  • Deepen the impact of your communications by understanding the cultural expectations of international students at UMN

Registration is now open on ULearn, and participants should register for each course they wish to attend.


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