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:

  • Language and conversational styles
  • Names and terms of address
  • In-class participation and expectations
  • Approaches to assignments, testing, and seeking assistance
  • Perceptions of respective responsibilities -- students' and instructors'
  • Understandings of due dates, "'sharing' information and 'helping' fellow students,"  citing information, etc.
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