Faculty & Staff Resources
The University of Minnesota offers a variety of resources to help you support multilingual and international students. To learn about specific strategies and teaching tools to use in your class, please visit our Teaching Support page. You can also print and share these campus ESL Resources for Students.
We would love to hear from you about what works in your classroom. Please take a moment and share your success stories with us!
How Can You Support International Students?
The Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) offers consultations for faculty and staff working with multilingual learners. To set up a consultation, please contact Bethany Peters, the ESL Faculty & Staff Liaison, at email@example.com. Bethany is available for consultation on a variety of topics, including:
- Recommending strategies to better support multilingual students in your course, department, or office
- Developing a custom ESL course that helps students improve their English in a discipline-specific area (such as English for Business or English for Physics)
- Providing workshops to students in your area on a specific support topic
Bethany Peters received her bachelor’s degree in intercultural studies and her master’s degree in teaching English as a second language, and she is currently a doctoral candidate in the Leadership for Intercultural & International Education (LIIE) PhD program at the University of Minnesota. She has worked in international education for over 10 years in a variety of roles, including international student advising and teaching English as a second language.
MELP can facilitate workshops on a variety of topics related to working with multilingual learners. Please contact Bethany Peters, the ESL Faculty & Staff Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule a training for your department.
Here is just a sampling of workshops MELP offers.
- Strategies for the Multilingual Classroom: Learn the greatest challenges that multilingual students face with reading, writing, listening, and speaking in an academic classroom in the US, and identify skill-specific strategies to support multilingual learners in your context.
- Improving Class Participation for Multilingual Learners: Learn the cultural and linguistic factors that may create barriers to successful in-class participation, and identify strategies to encourage greater engagement from multilingual students.
- Supporting Multilingual Students in Group Work: Gain more understanding about the unique challenges that multilingual learners encounter in the group work process, and learn tips to provide them with more support to be effective communicators in group work.
- Providing Effective Feedback to Multilingual Learners: Identify tips and strategies for giving feedback to multilingual students on writing assignments.
The Center for Educational Innovation offers a variety of support and resources for faculty, instructors, and TAs:
- International Teaching Assistant Program: The International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Program offers training and support to nonnative English speakers who teach courses and undertake other instructional responsibilities at the University of Minnesota.
- English Pronunciation for Academics Workshops: Through a series of workshops, participants will learn how to improve key features of English pronunciation for more effective communication.
- Surviving Group Projects Tutorial: teamwork.umn.edu delivers research-based teamwork strategies and tools that faculty can use to support students in group work.
- A Faculty Guide to Team Projects: A range of resources provided for instructors to support team projects in their classes.
The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Intercultural workshops combine intercultural competency and skills development with discussions of the unique practices, customs, and values of some of the largest international student populations on our campus.
Each session helps U of M staff members gain greater cultural self-awareness, an understanding of the contributions of international students, and communication skills to improve interactions and relationships with international students, staff, and faculty.
Visit https://isss.umn.edu/training/ for more information and to register.
- Teaching with Writing: Offers a variety of resources to support faculty teaching with writing, including consultations, workshops, and example materials
- Quick Suggestions for Helping Non-Native Writers: Quick tips for how to support students in the writing process from Eric Nelson, Minnesota English Language Program
- Responding to Non-Native Speakers of English: Tips and recommendations on a range of topics related to writing for non-native speakers from from Sheryl Holt, Department of Writing Studies
- Voices of Minnesota’s Multilingual Writers: Multilingual writers at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities share their insights about learning to write American academic English
Research at the U of M
The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance) is the driving force for the University of Minnesota in globalizing teaching, learning, research, and engagement. Find key tools and strategies:
- Find out how U of M faculty and staff responded to the MELP survey on Supporting Non-Native English Speakers at the University of Minnesota
- Learn about the most recent international student enrollment statistics
- Find tools and strategies for internationalizing the curriculum
- Read the latest recent U of M research, which highlights key studies on undergraduate international students