Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Support Services for International Students

International Student Support Group

International Student Support Group is a group that is designated for international students only. The group provides a safe and comfortable space for international students to (a) meet other international students, (b) discuss issues that are rarely talked about in the classroom, and (c) practice English in a less intimidating environment. The group meets weekly for 90 minutes at Shoemaker Building. This group requires the group members to participate in the group regularly for one semester as the consistency of your presence and participation in the group has proven to be helpful for deeper conversation and developing solid friendship and support systems.

The group is only open for 8-10 people for a semester. Due to the limited seats, please contact Dr. Yi-Jiun Lin at ylin1234@umd.edu for Monday group (5:00-6:30 p.m.) or Dr. Jinhee Kang at jkang79@umd.edu for Wednesday group (6:00-7:30 p.m.) as soon as possible if you are interested in the group. When you contact Dr. Lin or Dr. Kang, please also include your name, country of origin, major/program, and what you are hoping to get from the group.

Interested in Practicing English and Learning about Different Cultures?

The UMD ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Conversation Program is a student centered community that specifically aims to bring students and community members from diverse cultures together through authentic language learning/teaching and cultural exchange. For ten weeks during the Fall 2016 semester, participants meet with their fluent English speaking volunteer in one-on-one or group sessions. During conversation sessions participants practice their oral English through discussions on various topics and other activities planned by the volunteer.

To learn more, register, or volunteer, visit http://umdesol.weebly.com/ or contact umdesol@gmail.com.