TEEL Pre-Service Teachers Mentoring International Students to Succeed in College
Emerge Faculty Fellows: Anita Solarski and Amany Habib
This Emerge activity seeks to involve pre-service teachers enrolled in TSL 4080 and TSL 4081 in a mentoring relationship with Intensive English Program students during the Fall of 2015. Commander & Valeri-Gold (2003) suggest that college survival skills which should be taught are concentration, note taking, test taking, textbook memory, time management, reading comprehension, and writing skills.
Hu & Ma (2010) state that “since having a mentor in college is significantly related to student persistence, there appears to be a good reason for colleges and universities to consider formalized mentoring programs to help students succeed in college”.
The activity is designed to benefit international students who aspire to attend The University of West Florida upon completion of their English language skills development at IEP. The director of the program requested our help to allow these students to not only be successful within the IE Program but to prepare them to be successful if they are accepted to UWF.
Additionally, the activity is designed to maximize the interaction of TEEL students with the IEP students and provide them with experiences with international students who bring with them global perspectives and multicultural views that can positively impact their understanding of issues related to language learning and teaching.