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    • An integrated approach to teaching English Strategies used for a cohort of Taiwanese students to prepare them to study for their MBA in Project Management Gregory Chase Brenau University March 19, 2009
    • Students and Program
      • 13 Students from Taiwan came to study for their MBA: 4 Women and 9 Men (One man brought his family along)
      • Native Language – Mandarin Chinese
      • Program started August 1, 2008 – will finish December 15, 2009
      • Concentration on English study for first 5 months
      • Level of English range: basic beginner to very advanced
    • Study Goal: Not just classroom learning
      • Classroom learning combined with outreach into the community through service learning
      • Make the community aware of their presence and educate them about Taiwan and its customs and traditions
    • English Classroom Study
      • 3 – hours per day, five days a week in the morning
      • Included other non-mandarin speakers in the class – Korean, Thai, South American, and African
    • University Welcome
      • Barbecue for students to introduce them to faculty, staff, and other international students of university
    • University Outings
      • Gold Rush – Gold Mine
      • Movie Night
      • Mule Camp - Booth
      • Community Maintenance
    • Taiwan Introduction Presentation
      • To class
      • To business faculty
      • To senior center
      • To entire university
      • To community
    • Reading Circle
      • Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
      • Created small groups and discussed book over four weeks with faculty member
      • To express more difficult concepts and ideas in English – deeper meaning
    • Boys and Girls Club
      • A place for children from 6-14 years of age to go after school from 2:00 – 7:00 pm to do activities or get help with homework
      • Taiwan students went in afternoon to help students with homework – mostly math
    • History Center Project
      • Interviewed Senior Citizens and learned their life history
      • Selected a small group of the most interesting and did follow-up interview
      • During follow-up interview created audio and visual record of their personal history to be used for a display at the local history center
    • Spring Break Trip
      • Trip to New Orleans to refurbish houses destroyed by hurricane “Katrina”
      • Learn unique culture of New Orleans through Jazz music in evenings
    • Chinese Language Students
      • Worked with beginning undergraduate students learning Chinese – tutored once a week on individual basis
      • Came to class to listen to presentations
    • University Campus Activities
      • Sporting Events
      • Plays/theater
      • Concerts
    • Outings with Faculty and Staff
      • Dinners
      • Beauty Parlor
      • Asian Food Store
    • Preparing for MBA Review of Business - Courses
      • Did review of basic business classes in English that they previously did in Chinese
      • Learn terms and material in English they already know in Chinese
      • Get them use to studying in English
    • Preparing for MBA
      • Business Communications Class: First class taken in MBA program – Fall 2008
      • Only MBA class taken at time
      • Stresses writing and presentation skills
      • Video taped presentations for students to review
    • MBA Study
      • Started full time MBA study in January of 2009
      • 12 of 13 students had reached a sufficient level of English to begin study
      • One student taking additional English lessons and will join MBA at later date
    • Lessons Learned
      • Housing – not all together
    • Questions?