OPIE Students Connect with American Students Through Ongoing Orientation Workshop Series

21727966_1488447341247724_2966617486551163866_nThe Ohio Program of Intensive English has developed an Ongoing Orientation Workshop Series in collaboration with Dr. Kopish, an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education program at Ohio University. The aim of this workshop series is to provide ongoing cultural adjustment support to OPIE students and to give aspiring teachers in the Education Department a chance to interact with international students. Four of the workshops in this series involve interaction between OPIE students studying at the Advanced and Intermediate Levels and domestic students in Dr. Kopish’s Teaching Middle Childhood Teacher Education course. The students have already met for an intercultural interview. During the interview, OPIE students were partnered with Dr. Kopish’s students. Each student had prepared a PowerPoint to show his/her partner with photos from the student’s hometown, family, culture, etc. During the next meeting on September 27th, Dr. Kopish’s students will take OPIE students on a Cultural Tour of Athens. The final meeting between OPIE students and Dr. Kopish’s students will be a potluck and discussion about broader attributes of culture. In addition to the workshops with the American students, OPIE students will also attend a lecture on Academic Culture in the U.S. given by Josh Gory from ISFS and Susan Fletcher from the Academic Advancement Center, and a lecture on Culture Shock given by Dr. Krzic, the director of OPIE. Both OPIE students and Dr. Kopish’s students are given the option of earning the ICUC (International Cultural Understanding Certificate) that OPIE offers every fall and spring semester. The workshops meet the 1st requirement toward obtaining this certificate. This semester, the Ongoing Orientation Workshop Series is in the piloting stage, but we hope to continue the workshop series in the spring.

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