Rebecca Challenger, M.A. TESOL
As a Professor of Instruction in the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE), Challenger works with international students who are developing their knowledge of American culture and English language skills for professional and academic purposes. She has been fortunate to be a part of and to lead multiple community engagement experiences that provide authentic opportunities for the use of English language in conversation, for increasing English vocabulary, and for building cultural knowledge for our students through interactions with other volunteers and community members.
The Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) has partnered with East Elementary as well as local churches and nursing homes in order to structure meaningful, and mutually beneficial community engagement activities as a part of a variety of international student programs and courses. Challenger has both developed curriculum and taught courses that incorporate community engagement experiences into the linguistic and cultural course goals of OPIE classes for international students.