Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Foreword (excerpt):

When I opened this Intensive English Program (IEP) in 1993, I was given little, if any, guidance on how to conduct the initial orientation for our incoming English as a Second Language (ESL) students. Having studied intercultural training at the School for International Training, I was familiar with some existing training designs for other international student orientations. For the first year or so, I experimented with the content and form of the orientation for the students enrolled in our Intensive English Program and realized that I was not only dealing with international students, but international students that also had difficulty understanding and being understood in English.

Since the beginning, I was intrigued with the whole process of developing and revising these orientations for the students at Intensive English Programs. Thus, as a partial fulfillment of the requirements for my Master's Degree from the School for International Training, I began to create a manual that would serve as the core of the initial orientation at the American Language Academy at Saint Xavier University (ALA/SXU). It has served as a case study for me and has led me to do other research on the topic. As an outgrowth, this guide has been created to fulfill the need for an orientation design at this program, and also to document the research and experiences I have had thus far.


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