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First Year Seminar & International Students:. A Great Place to Teach & Learn (Academic) Culture and Diversity General Education Objective 9 in Action!. Presenter Susanne Forrest Academic Advisor Central Academic Advising [email protected] 282-4062. They are your children /siblings now!.

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First year seminar international students

First Year Seminar & International Students:

A Great Place to Teach & Learn (Academic) Culture and Diversity

General Education Objective 9

in Action!


Presenter susanne forrest academic advisor central academic advising forrsusa@isu edu 282 4062
PresenterSusanne ForrestAcademic AdvisorCentral Academic [email protected]



Look at the following images. They tell you where many of the students are on their journey to academic success when they first meet you.


Culture proximity

The closer a student’s mother tongue (or instructional language) and culture are to the English language and culture, and its American variety in your locale, the easier the academic adjustment.

Culture Proximity


Expert information on cultural proximity and distance
Expert Information on language) and culture are to the English language and culture, and its American variety in your locale, the easier the academic adjustment.Cultural Proximity and Distance

Geert Hofstede

http://geert-hofstede.com/

Can’t afford to buy one of his books? Read

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hofstede's_cultural_dimensions_theory

Vhttp://geerthofstede.nl/dimensions-of-national-cultures


According to language) and culture are to the English language and culture, and its American variety in your locale, the easier the academic adjustment.Hofstede, we need to look at culture proximity and distance from several angles:

  • Power Distance

  • Individualism vs Collectivism

  • Masculinity vs Femininity


  • Uncertainty Avoidance language) and culture are to the English language and culture, and its American variety in your locale, the easier the academic adjustment.

  • Long-term vs Short-term Orientation

  • Indulgence vs Restraint


Academic rigor and competitiveness
Academic Rigor and Competitiveness language) and culture are to the English language and culture, and its American variety in your locale, the easier the academic adjustment.

  • How competitive an education system is on the elementary and secondary level will have an impact on academic adjustment to college

  • Generally speaking, someone coming from a less permissive system will adjust more easily.

  • Someone whose immediate family members have academic degrees will have an easier time.


Grading and academic self perception

USA language) and culture are to the English language and culture, and its American variety in your locale, the easier the academic adjustment.

Grading and Academic Self-perception

Saudi Arabia

  • 85-100% Excellent

  • 75-84% Very Good

  • 65-74% Good

  • 50-64% Fair

  • 0-49% Fair

  • 95-100% Excellent

  • 94-90% Excellent

  • 89-87% Good

  • 86-84% Good

  • 83-80% Good

  • 79-77% Adequate

  • 76-74% Adequate

  • 73-70% Adequate

  • 69-60% Marginal

  • 59-0% Fail


Perceptions continued

USA language) and culture are to the English language and culture, and its American variety in your locale, the easier the academic adjustment.

Perceptions Continued

Nepal

  • 75-100% Distinction*

  • 60-74% Division I

  • 45-59.9% Division II

  • 35-44.9% Pass

    * Very few students score 80% and above

  • 95-100% Excellent

  • 94-90% Excellent

  • 89-87% Good

  • 86-84% Good

  • 83-80% Good

  • 79-77% Adequate

  • 76-74% Adequate

  • 73-70% Adequate

  • 69-60% Marginal

  • 59-0% Fail


Attendance and participation
Attendance and Participation language) and culture are to the English language and culture, and its American variety in your locale, the easier the academic adjustment.

  • Many other academic cultures do not require attendance because grading is totally exam driven at the university level.

  • Many other cultures do not reward class room participation with grades and learning may be rote focused.

  • Some academic cultures may shame students in class for wrong answers.

  • Other reasons?


Demonstrate and illustrate
Demonstrate and Illustrate language) and culture are to the English language and culture, and its American variety in your locale, the easier the academic adjustment.

  • Show how missing 3, 5, 10 class sessions and perfect other scores affects the final grade in your class.

  • Illustrate, demonstrate, and model what participation means in your class. Be very clear and give examples.


  • 175 language) and culture are to the English language and culture, and its American variety in your locale, the easier the academic adjustment.pts = 87% = B+

  • 150 pts = 75% = C

  • What if you do not have perfect points on all assignments?

  • Do the math!

  • The easiest way to earn a good grade is to attend every class!


What do you consider participation engagement in your class
What Do You Consider Participation/Engagement in Your Class? language) and culture are to the English language and culture, and its American variety in your locale, the easier the academic adjustment.

  • Asking questions in class/on Moodle

  • Answering Questions

  • Bringing an article relevant to a topic you are working on

  • Making a drawing/collage of a topic you are working on

  • Finding a song that deals with the topic

  • ??????


The role and value of time in cultures
The Role and Value of Time language) and culture are to the English language and culture, and its American variety in your locale, the easier the academic adjustment. in Cultures


Make a collection of time related expressions in English (add to it yourself it you need to)

E.g. Time is money

You are wasting time

We are running out of time

Time flies



The role of the service learning project
The Role of the Service Learning Project time and getting assignments in on time is important to us

  • Explore the idea of volunteerism within U.S. culture

  • Alexis de Toqueville

    http://learningtogive.org/papers/paper48.html

  • Is volunteerism unique to this culture?

  • How does it tie with democracy? Does it?

  • What is to be gained from it in a culture?


Be specific concrete and clear about assignments
Be Specific, Concrete and Clear about Assignments time and getting assignments in on time is important to us

Example:Goals Paper and Presentation

  • How many paragraphs?

  • What possible aspects of goal setting could be addressed in each paragraph?

  • How do you want it presented ?

  • What will be graded with what weight?

  • Why are you giving this assignment?

  • Post an example you consider successful.


Useful instructor characteristics
Useful Instructor Characteristics time and getting assignments in on time is important to us

  • Friendly, approachable, warm demeanor

  • Clear, paced, simple speech

  • Good, permeable boundaries

  • Kind intentions

  • Curious about other cultures

  • Respectful of other traditions and world views

  • Clear about own culture’s influence on world views

  • Displaying a sense of gentle humor


Language and teaching modes
Language and Teaching Modes time and getting assignments in on time is important to us

  • Use simple language and teach advanced language with it.

  • Always use multiple modes of instruction :

    -Visual: Board, Internet, Power Point, Notes, Video

    -Auditory: Lecture, Video, Tape

    -Kinesthetic: Learning by doing

    Some form of visual at all times is invaluable for second language speakers! And so is a summary of key points.


Plagiarism vs collaboration a cultural issue
Plagiarism time and getting assignments in on time is important to usvs Collaboration?A Cultural Issue

  • Define academic dishonesty and plagiarism as it is understood by the university community.

  • Collect possible examples or share examples.

  • Discuss examples in light of students’ culture.

  • Explain the consequences of plagiarism in your class and the possible ultimate consequences.

    As preparation read:http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11162-008-9092-9/fulltext.htmlhttp://handouts.aacrao.org/am09/finished/W0345p_O_Leeman%20Bartzis.pdf


Always explain and model proper etiquette
Always Explain and Model Proper Etiquette time and getting assignments in on time is important to us

  • Email

  • In person

  • Discussion

  • Group work


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