In June 2014, three teachers and one staff member attended courses and workshops at the Queen’s International Education Training Program Summer Institute in Kingston, Ontario. Topics included cultural skills development, effective intercultural communication and strategies on internationalizing the campus as well as training workshops dedicated to cultural facilitation and diversity training. The training course is part of a larger project to internationalize the curriculum by promoting inclusive classroom environments that are conducive to student’s academic success. This project was funded by the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie (MESRST).
This is what the participants had to say about the courses and workshops:
I found this one-day workshop to be an extremely valuable learning experience. The complexities and responsibilities of the facilitator were explored using a variety of interactive learning tools. Tatyana Fertelmeyster, an expert facilitator, served as a great role model as she guided our group through different activities, incorporating multiple intelligences. Her ability to seize teaching moments throughout the day was remarkable.
Melodie Hicks, Nursing Department
I think the training program was an excellent way to clarify roles as well as to network with others in the field of International Education. It was useful know what services should be offered to meet International students’ needs and to hear about what other institutions across Canada are doing. I have come back with new skills to help support cultural newcomers and new ideas on how to internationalize our campus.