Bridging International Education

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Pre-Arrival An American Council on Education report and a study by the University of Minnesota on best practices suggest the benefits of moving part of orientation for international students online. Presenting orientation information topic by topic through short videos and webinars with integrated comprehension quizzes and reflection questions enables students to approach and digest the information at their own pace so that they can better understand and retain the information. In traditional week-long orientation programs, students who have recently arrived are presented with so much new...
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As the school year winds down in American schools, teachers are looking for lesson plans that engage students and give legitimate learning opportunities. This short story lesson plan for short stories made into movies engages students, gives teachers and students a break from traditional teaching and learning methods, and helps students develop critical thinking skills. The Movie Stigma There may be someone in your building right now on day 23 of a 49-day Disney festival that has nothing to do with an academic subject matter. Perhaps it's going on right next door, disrupting your...
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Engaging students in the learning process is one of the most difficult and important aspects of effective teaching. Teaching science fiction short stories engages a high percentage of high school and middle school students. With this science fiction short story lesson plan, you can engage students and teach meaningful literary concepts. Elements of Science Fiction How deep you go into the elements of science fiction depends on the story and the class. Here are the main characteristics of a science fiction short story. Alternative world setting. Whether its outer space, Earth...
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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures language proficiency. Those who want to study or work where English is the primary language take the IELTS to prove their English proficiency level. There are two IELTS tests: The IELTS Academic test for those looking to study abroad in England, Canada, or other English-speaking countries; and the IELTS General training for those migrating to England, Canada, or Australia. How to Study for the IELTS The best way to become proficient in English is to become proficient in English. That means speaking, reading, writing...
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When your boss says we need you to go to China, you say, “Yes, sir!” Well, that was at least my response just weeks ago. My trip to China was a whirlwind. From applying for and receiving a Chinese Visa (i.e., good for 10 years – yay!), to conducting student interviews and school presentations in China and coordinating with Chinese Student Agents, my trip was successful and productive. Furthermore, soaking in the local vibes, landscapes, and settings has given me a new perspective of China and its people. How do you swiftly prepare for significant global travel? First of all, make certain...
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Strategies for helping students with disabilities International students who decide to go study abroad at the high school level face many challenges. They have to adapt to a very different culture and become accustomed to using another language at school and with their new host family. The system in their new school may be very different from what they are used to and it may feel overwhelming at times. This may be particularly true for international students who have learning disabilities. If your school has any students from other countries with specific learning disabilities, it is...
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