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Introduction to UK Culture and Cultural Adaptation. Some different definitions of culture. “The culture of a particular people ….is everything one must learn, in order to behave in ways that are recognisable, predictable and understandable to those people” C A Valentine

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Some different definitions of culture
Some different definitions of culture

“The culture of a particular people ….is everything one must learn, in order to behave in ways that are recognisable, predictable and understandable to those people”

C A Valentine

“The whole range of human activities which are learned and not instinctive and which are transmitted from generation to generation through various learning processes”

J Beattie

“people continue to fail to grasp the true significance of the fact that culture controls behaviour in deep and pointing ways, many of which are outside awareness and therefore beyond conscious control of the individual” Edward T Hall


Language
Language

She had a right cob on about something

That meal was a total rip off!

They gave him the sack

You’re taking the piss, mate!

I’m skiving off early today

Eugh that’s manky!

Lend us a fiver, love

Someone’s been telling porkies

Fancy one for the road?

I was hammered last Friday

I was knackered last night

Give us a ring

Pull the other one, it’s got bells on!

It’s swings and roundabouts

Can I share your rubber?

I’m just nipping to the loo

I fancy bangers and mash tonight...

What’s for pudding?

It’s only ten quid!

It’s not my cup of tea

It’s all gone pear-shaped



How is it in your culture same different
How is it in your culture? same? Different? queue of one”

Weather

Politics

Sense of humour

Religion

Dress & appearances

Food

National holidays

Conversation topics

Architecture

Drinking culture

Queuing

Media

Language


Perceiving things differently
Perceiving things differently queue of one”

  • What do you see?

  • Old lady?

  • Young lady?

Picture designed by American psychologist Edwin G. Boring


Perceiving things differently1
Perceiving things differently queue of one”

  • People’s perceptions are often different

  • It is not easy to explain to others what we see so naturally

  • It is not easy to perceive exactly what someone else sees, despite our efforts to practice empathy

  • Frustration and value judgements (what’s wrong with them that they cannot see what I see?)

  • ‘Group think phenomenon’ and social pressure to conform to majority view


Embracing your new culture
Embracing your new culture queue of one”

  • Make the most of College and Students’ Union events – keep an eye on the website and Facebook pages

  • Talk to people and make friends

  • Ask questions!

  • Try new things – new food, new activities!

  • Get to know your surroundings

  • Buy some essentials – an A-Z guide and an umbrella!

  • Explore the UK – leave London!!!

  • Check out the International Students House Travel Club – lots of subsidised trips in the UK and Europe!

  • Go on a HOST visit – you only pay travel costs!

  • Celebrate local festivals and national holidays

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help – most people are very friendly 


Make yourself at home
Make yourself at home queue of one”

  • Buy a phone card, Skype or mobile phone with lots of free minutes to international phone numbers and make sure you have easy email access so you can keep in touch with your family and friends back home

  • Check out the Students’ Union to see if there’s a group for students from your country

  • Check out the country pages at www.kcl.ac.uk/international

  • If you were involved with a specific activity or sport at home, see if you can join a club or group over here!

  • Find somewhere that sells authentic food from your home country

  • See if you can get international radio or TV channels, through a satellite package or on the Web

  • Keep an eye out for festivals and activities – what’s going on in Trafalgar Square?

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help!


HELP! queue of one”

  • The Student Advice and International Student Support Team – visit www.kcl.ac.uk/advice

    Can help with immigration problems and provide advice on a range of practical issues

  • The College Counselling Service – www.kcl.ac.uk/counselling

  • The College Chaplaincy – www.kcl.ac.uk/chaplaincy

    Practiced listeners available for pastoral support, whatever your beliefs. Also run regular activities including International Student lunches and trips.

  • The Students’ Union – www.kclsu.org– social activities, social facilities and academic advice

  • The Compass –www.kcl.ac.uk/thecompass- letters, information and support


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