Engaging Cultural Variation in Courses

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Recognizing and Addressing Cultural Variation in the Classroom (pdf) helps instructors

  • Understand the types of challenges international students face
  • Explore issues that may affect students in your courses
  • Consider strategies successfully employed by faculty at Carnegie Mellon University 

The 32-page pdf is divided into three sections and covers the following topics:

1. Background Issues

Intercultural Awareness Points

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"Awareness Points for Interacting with International Students/Awareness Points for Educators with International Students in the Classroom" (pdf) highlights 27 points of cultural difference which may occur when international students are studying in North America (specifically, in the American Midwest) and which may have immediate pedagogical significance for both instructor and student.

These points touch on many areas of academic interaction and performance, such as the following:

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