Myra M. Goldschmidt and Debbie Lamb Ousey, authors of “Teaching Developmental Immigrant Students in Undergraduate Programs,” share their journey and success stories with the DI student population. Part II of II.

by Claudia Leo on September 4, 2012

MICHIGAN authors Myra M. Goldschmidt and Debbie Lamb Ousey talk about the audiences for Teaching Developmental Immigrant Students in Undergraduate Programs and suggest practical applications for its content, as well as how to contact them to host campus visits and tours of their program.

Part II of II.


Note: You can read Part I of II, published on 8/28, to find out about the DI student populations, the importance for DI students to receive not only academic support, but emotional and social support, and Goldschmidt and Ousey’s successful work with them.


Who is the primary audience for Teaching Developmental Immigrant Students in Undergraduate Programs? Who can benefit the most from the information and resources included in the book? How do you envision the information in the book being used on a given university/college campus?


This book is intended for all stakeholders in the education of developmental immigrant students:  ESL and developmental faculty, Learning Center and Writing Center directors, and campus administrators.  The book offers a solid background on these students and their needs — information that faculty, directors and administrators can share with their faculty and can use to help bring change at their institutions.   It also provides concrete and practical classroom approaches and activities that we have found work well in addressing our DI students ’ greatest  challenges.  We envision that this book will provide practical tips to be used or adapted to teach this population of students. We also envision that this book will begin/continue the dialogue among faculty of what works well in teaching these students in the various institutions of higher learning.



What advice would you give to an ESL program (IEP) director who wants to better serve DI students?


It is crucial to understand the needs of your students.  DI students have different strengths and challenges from international students (who come to the U.S to study at a university with the intent of returning to the home country).  Courses and support systems should address these needs, but they cannot do so without knowing what the needs are.  Understanding students and their specific needs is the first step to enabling them to reach their goal of a college education.



Do you lead workshops and presentations for teachers working with DI students? How would interested schools arrange this?


Yes!  We love to share experiences with other teachers, campuses and programs.  We have given many types of presentations and workshops on immigrant students and their needs as well as on our program.  We can target many different audiences:  campus faculty (in all disciplines), administrators, English faculty, Learning and Writing Center staff, ESL faculty, and developmental educators.  We have also hosted campus visits and tours of our program.

Please contact Myra Goldschmidt at mmg5 (at) psu (dot) edu or Debbie Ousey at dlo4 (at) psu (dot) edu to set up a presentation or workshop at your campus or a visit to theirs.


Please visit the authors’ website for further information on their work with DI students.


A sincere THANK YOU to Myra M. Goldschmidt and Debbie Lamb Ousey from the MICHIGAN ELT team for taking the time to share their knowledge and advice with our readers!


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