The number of students studying in higher education institutions outside of their home countries has grown significantly over the past 10-15 years. Canada ranks as one of the most popular destinations for international students. At Humber College, as of 2017, the population of international students amounts to approximately 23% of the total student population. For the majority of these students, English is their second language. All Humber Diploma-level students, including ESL students, need to take a number of general education courses. This includes a breadth-based Humanities course entitled, "Introduction to Arts and Sciences" (HESL 024). The course consists of topics like philosophy, sociology, religion, and social science. Working with this particular body of students motivated the co-investigators of the present research to design a number of ESL-oriented lesson plans. It was their hope that such a pedagogical approach could enhance student comprehension and engagement.
The research was conducted by the co-investigators during two academic semesters (Winter 2017 and Fall 2017), and spanned eight classes. According to student surveys and the investigators’ personal observations, the ESL lesson plans better facilitated student comprehension and engagement. This workshop will share the methodology of the research, the results, and some of the challenges. Sample lesson plans will be provided.
This workshop will focus on:
- The realities of international students.
- The virtues of ESL training and education.
- A variety of language exercise.