Workshop for summer faculty

A workshop for faculty on "Success for International Students" will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Location: 204 Uris Hall
  • Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Location: 111 Ives Hall
  • Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Location: 111 Ives Hall


This workshop has been designed especially for faculty members, including TAs, who will be teaching non-native English speaking international high school and college students this summer.

These students, from more than 30 countries, must quickly adapt to a new environment far from home, tackle the rigor of Ivy League coursework in a condensed time frame, and meet the challenges of being immersed in unfamiliar linguistic and cultural practices, unspoken academic and social expectations, and new ways of learning and teaching; many highly capable students are at risk for performing below expectations, leading to disappointment for faculty, family, and the students themselves.

Frustration and stress can be reduced for both students and faculty – and academic success enhanced -- when these issues are explored and strategies are gathered prior to the start of classes.

In this workshop, participants will expand their awareness of these topics and gain new tools for working with international students in academic environments.


  • Gain awareness of cultural differences and implicit norms in American communication
  • Learn strategies for cross-cultural communication and culture mapping
  • Identify pedagogical approaches and practices for teaching English language learners


  • Shena Driscoll Salvato is a lecturer for Cornell’s English for International Students and Scholars (EISS) Summer Program and at the State University of New York College at Cortland Department of Modern Languages, focusing on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. (May, June, July workshops)
  • Trena Haffenden is a lecturer for Cornell’s English for International Students and Scholars (EISS) Summer Program and in the English Language Institute at Binghamton University where she works predominantly with incoming international students. (May, July workshops)
  • Brian Tauzel is currently a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been a faculty member for Cornell’s EISS program and a teacher of ESL and American history at a secondary school for recent immigrants in New York City. (June workshop)