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Saturday, March 17 • 10:30am - 11:00am
Domestic vs. International Student COIL Experiences: Challenges and Rewards

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Based on the experiences of two COIL courses at Tompkins Cortland Community College and their partners at The American University at Cairo, this presentation will compare and contrast both the student and instructor experience of a COIL course, where one is comprised of international students (English as a Second Language) and the other with domestic students (Psychology). Although both courses shared similar objectives, primarily increasing students’ intercultural competence, the two sets of students presented various challenges and displayed differences in motivation and participation. While some of the domestic students resisted COIL initially, the international students were eager to participate yet hindered by their fears of making mistakes in English. Despite the differences between the two sets of students, both instructors found success in tools such as Zoom and targeted tasks that addressed the challenges. In the end, through assessment and student feedback, the instructors met their objectives and found COIL to be a rewarding experience for their students. Student quotes, input, and recorded video will be presented to highlight their reflections from the beginning to the end of the COIL course. Attendees will be provided with examples of specific tasks that each instructor found to be most successful in overcoming their particular students’ challenges.


Angela Palumbo Martin

Instructor of English as a Second Language and French, Tompkins Cortland Community College

Saturday March 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
Room 4 FIT Conference Center