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