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NAFSA 2011

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National Association for International Education (NAFSA), Region VIII Conference

November 3-5, 2011 – Philadelphia, PA


  • Nicole Sealey, Director for the Center for International Student Access, Mason
  • Rick Davis, Associate Provost, Undergraduate Education, Mason
  • Karyn Mallett, Assistant Director, English Language Institute, Mason
  • Ghania Zgheib, Faculty, English Language Institute, Mason

SESSION TITLE: Expanding ACCESS to International Students

ABSTRACT: Mason’s recent foray in international education is an innovative new foundation year program for international freshman designed to increase their academic English language skills while enrolled as full-time students. The presenters will discuss historical development of the program; its academic foundation utilizing cross-departmental collaboration between university and intensive English programs; and its implementation this past fall. The program provides a cohort-style, credit-bearing, custom curriculum, along with academic and student services designed for students studying abroad. The session will address research-backed program revisions; implications for comprehensive approaches to language-supported internationalization in US higher education; and the development of a new university entity developed to manage administration of the program, which builds further on interdepartmental partnerships.


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