U.S. Classroom Culture. Presented by International Student & Scholar Services Florida International University Modesto Maidique Campus Adapted from NAFSA’s U.S. Culture Series: U.S. Classroom Culture by Michael Smithee , Sidney L. Greenblatt & Alisa Eland. Agenda.
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International Student & Scholar Services
Florida International University
Modesto Maidique Campus
Adapted from NAFSA’s U.S. Culture Series: U.S. Classroom Culture
by Michael Smithee, Sidney L. Greenblatt & Alisa Eland
Faculty and instructors differ in rank and length of contract.
Important U.S. cultural values that impact the classroom learning environment:
Before coming to the U.S., some international students may have little experience with the learner-centered style and must adjust their behavior in certain classes to succeed.
Interaction in the classroom
Interaction with faculty
Relaxed dress and posture should not be confused with relaxed standards; high standards in academic performance are still expected.
Evaluation: Typically students are evaluated in many ways
Exams: multiple choice, short answer, essay
Papers, lab reports
Oral presentations, group projects
Participation in class discussion, attendance
Understanding the Grading Scale Used in the U.S.
To calculate GPA (Grade Point Average), add the grade points earned for each course (depends on the grade received and the number of credits for the course) and divide by the total number of credit hours attempted
Freedom of choice and personal responsibility
Ownership of knowledge
web or other internet-based sources
spoken words from a formal speech