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.