International Student Support at the Library

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Are you new to Canada? Are you new to citations and other research skills essential to your success at Okanagan College? The Library is here to help!

Every year, hundreds of international students from more than 50 countries around the world come to Okanagan College to study in programs that range from government accredited degrees and diplomas to English as Second Language classes. To support the increasing number of international students, OC Library now has a dedicated librarian to liaise with ESL and International Education departments. This role is currently filled by Elise Tung (x4624

As the Learning Services Librarian, Elise provides information literacy instruction and research help to international students, and works to ensure Library collections and services meet the needs of students and faculty. Elise, along with Public Services Librarian Erin May, also works with faculty from the Arts & Foundational Program to deliver academic skills workshops. These include library workshops focusing on how to select and evaluate information sources and how to cite in APA and MLA formats. They are held weekly in the Kelowna Library Lab L203, and all are welcome to attend!

The Kelowna Library also has a collection of ESL resources, including easy reading fiction organized by reading level in the Literacy Zone as well as practice workbooks for English proficiency tests on the upper level. The Learning Centre in the library provides further one-on-one support to both ESL and domestic students as well as Online Study Resources.

OC Library recognizes that international students face unique challenges as newcomers to Canada, and along with faculty and the International Education Department, we aim to provide integral support to ensure that every student has the tools and skills to succeed at Okanagan College. So come and visit us!

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