Category: Innovative and Sustainable Practices in Intensive English Programming

Internationalizing the U.S. University Experience through Mentorship

Wednesday, May 31
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
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University-level educators of English language learners (ELLs) can better support international students who may feel excluded from the campus community through differentiated mentorship programs.

Catherine Tapia

Academic Coordinator/Instructor
San Marcos, CA

Catherine Tapia, MA (TESOL), currently holds the position of Academic Coordinator/Instructor at the American Language & Culture Institute at CSU San Marcos. She also developed and serves as a lecturer for a credit course focusing on academic English-language and cross-cultural skills for matriculated international students at CSUSM. She began her career as an educator in 1983 as an English-as-a Foreign Language professional and informatics instructor in Toscana, Italy. Since receiving her graduate degree from UCLA in 1991, she has instructed, advised, and mentored thousands of international scholars with the goal of helping them achieve their academic goals at the university level. Her areas of instructional expertise include curriculum development, online instruction, and teacher training. Since 2014, she has actively assisted in the development of mentoring and campus/community-engagement initatives for international students at CSUSM. Her experience also includes eight years of professional writing and editing, most recently including stints as an Associate Editor and Web Editor at a San Diego-based divison of the international publishing house, Elsevier; Senior Web Editor of compliance curriculum; and a humor columnist. She has previously presented at TESOL International and at the University of New Mexico's Annual Mentoring Institute Conference.