This is a chapter sample from the 'Diverse Voices: Listening To International Students' DVD from the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS).
‘Diverse Voices’ is a training resource (DVD and training manual) aimed at all staff in higher education institutions who support and work with international students. It has been developed by ICOS with support from the Department of Education and Skills.
The training video is composed of short, thematic sections exploring topics such as cross-cultural adaptation, culture shock and homesickness; cultural difference and cross cultural communication; adapting to a new academic environment (including language, intercultural classroom, approaches to assessment); and advice on supporting international students. ICOS interviewed over 35 international students and staff (both academics and support staff) from five higher education institutions as part of the video project. The video and training manual will become an integral part of ICOS’ training programmes.
‘Diverse Voices’ has been made available free-of-charge to ICOS member institutions. Copies of the pack are also available for general purchase.
Further information available from Louise Staunton, Programme Manager and Intercultural Awareness Trainer, ICOS, email: LStaunton@icosirl.ie and ph: (01) 660 5233.