Fostering Diverse Values in the Higher Education Classroom: English Language Learning Techniques that Benefit All Learners

By Alan Lytle.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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Many students, native and international, are unfamiliar with the values grounding higher education systems. By including a few best practices for working with international and domestic students, much can be done to increase the accessibility of courses and draw from the diverse experiences in classes, which benefits all students as they move to compete in a global market. The author began a project in fall 2008 involving faculty and staff from four academic institutions where there are diverse mixtures of international and domestic students. Out of this has come a source of English language learning (ELL) techniques that are useful to all faculty, staff, and students, regardless of native language. The result is this document meant to be used as a ELL tool and resource that can be adapted to a wide array of situations.

Keywords: Diverse, Diversity, Values, Higher Education, English Language Learning Techniques Accessibility, Best Practices, Case Study, Cultural Value Systems, Second Language Teaching Techniques

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp.1-9. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 288.749KB).

Dr. Alan Lytle

Director, Intensive English Language Program, Department of International and Second Language Studies, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Dr. Alan D. Lytle, the teaching director of the Intensive English Language Program at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, has a background in second and foreign language education (ESL/EFL, German, and French) as well as twenty-four years of ESL teaching experience at all levels (undergraduate and graduate), in academic preparation programs, conversation programs, English for special purposes programs, and topic specific programs. Additionally, he is a graduate faculty member of the Masters of Arts in second language from UALR and presents locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.