The academic success of international and immigrant students not only depends on their inherent motivation, but on the very people who are a representation of their “academic landscape”. Instructors and even classmates can all contribute to a newcomer student’s successes or failures. Under the umbrella of Service Learning Courses a new course has been introduced at the Faculty of Education with special focus on empowering teachers of the 21st century to better serve the needs of the ever-growing student population of English Language Learners (ELLs) in our very own secondary schools whose graduates will most likely choose the University of Windsor as their destination for higher learning. The accommodation practices that teacher candidates have acquired throughout this course can easily be transferred into the pedagogical settings of campus classrooms.
Through small group discussions, attendees will gain an understanding of the concept of acculturation, academic vs. every-day English, and will hear about the first-hand experiences of teacher candidates who have worked with international and immigrant students. A cheat sheet will also be provided that will serve as a quick reference to help participants enhance the inclusiveness of their classroom environment.