What can you do to help international students in your classes?

19 Aug

Three tips from New Directions for Teaching and Learning (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tl.7011/pdf):

  • Give students time to reflect when asking questions – many Americans are comfortable thinking out loud, students from other cultures may not be.
  • Provide background information – what may be commonplace to you, may be unfamiliar to international students i.e. “ground zero”, “a ballpark figure”, the product produced by an American company.
  • Create an atmosphere conducive to questions – in some cultures it is considered rude to speak up in class.

 

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