Why They Struggle: A Research-Teaching Project Highlighting Challenges Faced by Multilingual Students in U.S. Universities
U.S. institutions of higher education should go beyond statistical diversity to ensure inclusion and equity in the classroom environment—treating multilingual students fairly, being mindful of their varied cultural norms, and giving them the best possible opportunities for success. Our project supports these goals, as we brought together writing faculty and a group of four multilingual students to make videos for use in faculty workshops. Based on scholarly research and our own experiences, each of our three completed videos addresses the concerns of international students in the classroom, including the listening, speaking, and writing barriers they face. This paper also describes why we chose video specifically as the tool by which to convey our concerns.
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