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Dear Cathy,
 
One way to get international students talking is to invite them to a  
College Transitions
Seminar focused on typical adjustment problems faced by incoming  students 
(similar
to a freshman seminar scheduled 1-2 hrs/week for 5-6 weeks, etc.).
 
It can be done by giving each student a list of typical problems each  week 
and then 
dividing them into small groups to problem-solve the solutions to  each.  
You can give 
each group references (i.e. college catalog, reference texts, or  access to 
international 
student guidebooks where answers can be found,etc.).  Then ask them to  
assign a 
recorder to one member of each group whose task will be to reveal the  
group's answers 
during an end-of-session discussion period). 
 
What's interesting is no teaching or lecture is required, only brief  
instructions at the 
start of each session.  Plus, the students do all the work to help  
themselves adjust
to college and collaboratively communicate using English. You accomplish  
two tasks
at one time, improved transitioning to college and facility in  speaking 
English.
 
If you or other colleagues nationally would like to try a pilot using this  
approach, our 
guidebook 100 Things Every International Student Ought to Know can  provide 
a problem-
solving reference for each participant.  Info at
 
http://www.cambridgestratford.com/international_students/index.html
 
I am so confident that this will work that I will help fund your  PILOT.  
Would a discount offer 
of $6.00/copy versus the regular retail price of $14.95  be helpful? If so, 
I will reserve
inventory for the next 50 colleagues from institutions serving  
international students who
would like to try it.  (Kindly refer to those supervising the  retention of 
international 
students in your state/region.)
 
I hope this is helpful.
 
Collegially,
Peter W. Stevens
President-The Cambridge Stratford Study  Skills Institute, 
a division of Cambridge Stratford, Ltd
8560 Main  Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
_www.cambridgestratford.com_ (http://www.cambridgestratford.com/) 
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(800)  466-2232
(716) 626-9076 Fax
 

PS  A similar Seminar approach can be used with freshmen, adults,  those 
with disabilities,
      and new online students using other editions  in the 100 Things 
series. (See: web page)
 


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