This Creative Inquiry course, Student Ambassadors for Global Engagement (SAGE), works on initiatives that serve to integrate the international populations on the Clemson University campus. Beginning in the Fall 2014, students began researching two things: (1) the opportunity for Clemson students to become TEFL/TESOL certified and (2) the services available for International students at Clemson. Out of this research, the group came up with the idea a of having Clemson domestic students assisting international students to improve their English language skills. This semester, we have put this idea into place. The group was trained by a professional TESOL instructor and then created two weekly sessions that we call "English Corners." After promoting these free tutoring sessions to the international graduate population, we had a successful turn out of 50+ students at our first session. We have continued to create weekly lesson plans and address new subjects and issues as they come along. Simultaneously, we have created two additional projects this semester. The first project addresses the need to establish better ties and connections with our international alumni after they leave Clemson. The second project aims to create informational videos for international students to better prepare them pre-arrival. At the forum, we would like to present the ideas of all three of these projects and share our current findings and what we envision for the future.
Cornish, Caroline; Winchell, Grace; Welke, Misayo; Garren, Angela; Smith, Meghan; Verzella, Samantha; Atkins, Paige; and McGreevy, Katherine, "SAGE (Student Ambassadors for Global Engagement)" (2015). Focus on Creative Inquiry. 134.