The pathway navigated by adult language learners in higher education is rarely examined, but frequently impacted by institutional policy and state legislation. How can institutions equitably address the needs of international students and resident adults? In this two-part webinar, the presenters will share current challenges facing international students in U.S. universities and resident adult language learners in U.S. community colleges, with suggestions for ways forward.
Dr. Adil Bentahar is an Assistant Professor of ESL at the University of Delaware's English Language Institute. His teaching and research interests include ESL, reading, and teacher professional development. With his background as a former graduate international student as well as his teaching experience in ESL classrooms, Adil is also committed to researching the factors of international student success within universities not only to support their learning on U.S. campuses but also to advocate for intensive English programs (IEPs), where many international students begin their academic journeys.
Leigh Anne Shaw (she/her) is a professor of English for Speakers of Other Languages at Skyline College, part of the California Community Colleges system. Her interests are increasing educational access and equity for adult language learners, preserving credit ESOL in higher education and transforming the field of TESOL to embrace anti-racist pedagogies, practices, and policies. She has served as a guest editor for The CATESOL Journal as well as a member of the Intersegmental Council of Academic Senates (ICAS) ESL Task Force, which authored the 2020 report, ESL Students in California Public Higher Education.