English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center

International Student & Scholar Focus Groups

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International Student & Scholar Focus Groups

EPPIC led focus group sessions with international students, post-docs and visiting scholars in the Penn State community to better understand their pressing concerns relating to academic and professional language learning & socialization in the context of U.S. higher education.  Findings from this project have been summarized in a focus group report (available upon request) that includes recommendations for new support services and resources to facilitate successful learning and professional development among multilingual internationals at Penn State.  Comments from focus group participants have informed the creation of EPPIC programming, including weekly academic communication support groups (Let’s Talk, and Speak UP), workshops on academic writing and speaking skills, and the drafting of a resource guide for international students and scholars at Penn State.