Teaching International Students: Enhancing Interaction

Decorative: Vibrant depiction of "InterACTION" with "ACTION" all in caps


"Finding Common Ground: Enhancing Interaction between Domestic and International Students - Guide for Academics" (pdf) offers practical suggestions and specific examples for "harness[ing] the potential of student diversity ... [and] promot[ing] interaction between students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds."

  • Includes examples of problem-based learning, team-based learning, interactive tutorials, laboratory programs, icebreakers, peer-learning activities, peer review, self-assessment, group work/projects, discussions, reflection, community-building activities, etc.

1. Core Principles

The Interaction for Learning Framework, "[a] key outcome from the Enhancing Domestic and International Student Engagement project,"

  • "Acknowledges and capitalises on student diversity as a resource for learning and teaching"
  • "Engages students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds within the learning context in a variety of ways"
  • "Embeds interaction in curriculum planning and links to teaching, learning and assessment"
  • "Promotes peer engagement through curriculum-based activities" 
  • "Recognises the variety of ways that interaction can be utilised across different learning contexts"

2. Six Dimensions

"The six dimensions of the framework are:

  • "Planning interaction"
  • "Creating environments for interaction"
  • "Supporting interaction"
  • "Engaging with subject knowledge"
  • "Developing reflexive processes"
  • "Fostering communities of learners"
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