Presentation Title

Adapting Information Literacy Course Materials for International Students

Type of Presentation

Workshop (1 hour and 15 minutes)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

At Duquesne University, all first-year students take a 1-credit course called Research and Information Skills. This course familiarizes students with each of the topics in the ACRL framework and provides them with practice to promote their understanding of the topics as applied to the research process. Three years ago, our ESL program partnered with the library so that an ESL instructor would teach 1 or 2 sections populated by international students. These sections are smaller (15 students compared to 30 or more) and the material has been adapted to allow for more time for discussion of topics such as plagiarism or how to evaluate a source or an article--topics that students from other cultures may view differently. This session discusses the content of the course and the adaptations that have been made after considering the different background knowledge and experiences of international students in addition to their need for more language support. It discusses the creation of course materials designed for publication. Goals of the session are to stimulate discussion about best practices for developing the information literacy of international students—undergraduate and graduate—and to discuss lessons learned.

Presentation Description

This session discusses the content of an information literacy course and the adaptations that have been made after considering the different background knowledge and experiences of international students in addition to their need for more language support. It discusses the creation of course materials designed for publication. Goals of the session are to stimulate discussion about best practices for developing the information literacy of international students—undergraduate and graduate—and to discuss lessons learned.

Session Goals

To share information with other information literacy professionals in order to inform the practice of teaching information literacy to international students and in general.

Session Objectives

To stimulate discussion about best practices for developing the information literacy of international students—undergraduate and graduate—and to discuss lessons learned.

Keywords

international students, information literacy course, adaptation of materials

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Adapting Information Literacy Course Materials for International Students

At Duquesne University, all first-year students take a 1-credit course called Research and Information Skills. This course familiarizes students with each of the topics in the ACRL framework and provides them with practice to promote their understanding of the topics as applied to the research process. Three years ago, our ESL program partnered with the library so that an ESL instructor would teach 1 or 2 sections populated by international students. These sections are smaller (15 students compared to 30 or more) and the material has been adapted to allow for more time for discussion of topics such as plagiarism or how to evaluate a source or an article--topics that students from other cultures may view differently. This session discusses the content of the course and the adaptations that have been made after considering the different background knowledge and experiences of international students in addition to their need for more language support. It discusses the creation of course materials designed for publication. Goals of the session are to stimulate discussion about best practices for developing the information literacy of international students—undergraduate and graduate—and to discuss lessons learned.