Bridging International Education

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Although Korean students studying abroad in the United States have decreased in recent years, Koreans still make up the third-highest population of international students in the United States with over 70,000. The Value of Education As a whole, Asian students coming to the United States are viewed positively. Korean students studying abroad in the United States are one reason for this positive--sometimes stereotypical--view of Asian students. Koreans take their education seriously. Koreans spend more on private education tuition, as a percentage of GDP than any other country in...
School
It’s the first day of classes at your school. Your English Language Learner (ELL) students are nervous, as they’re about to begin classes with almost all native English-speaking students in a foreign country. Will the teacher ask them to speak out loud? Will the teacher ask them to introduce themselves to the class? What if students can’t understand their accent? Will students laugh? The English as a Second Language (ESL) students at your school will indeed face these challenges over the first few days of classes. As their teacher and mentor, you can help your non-native English-speaking...
Student
Start Your American School Year Off By Making A New Native English Speaking Friend! So, you have finally made it to the United States! Congratulations! You haven’t yet felt comfortable, though, to really try to talk with any of the American students in your new classes. Yes, in some of your classes, the teachers had students pair up with other students and introduce each other. But you were feeling really awkward about it. Well, you should know that you’re not alone in these feelings! What can you do to make American friends? To start, read this short article. Although the article is...
Host Family
We’ve all found ourselves in unfamiliar surroundings either by choice or by accident at some point. The choice variety is preferred (as opposed to the unexpected kind, like breaking down on the side of the road in an unfamiliar place) because we can do a little prep work. For example, we can research the lay of the land and related conditions. We do this for vacations or day trips or even a new job or school. Regardless of how much we prepare, there’s always the reality of experiencing new things that challenge our ability to cope and react without getting too disoriented. Provide an...
School
If you were teaching a class and your students did not look at you when you were speaking, how would you interpret this?  Might you react differently if you knew that in Chinese culture, not looking at an authority figure who is speaking shows that you are listening respectfully? As if teaching teenagers from one’s own culture and language weren’t enough of a challenge, throw in a mix of international students from different cultures, language backgrounds, and levels of English proficiency. Are your teachers and staff adequately prepared? Language proficiency is a significant...
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The United States and Canada make logical study abroad destinations for international students coming from Mexico.  Latin American Trends Although Latin American countries are far from monolithic, certain trends pervade the region. More than other markets, Latin American students focus on destination, experience, and affordability. Emphasizing the following, schools and agencies can capitalize on the growing Latin American educational market. Short-term programs. Short term programs allow easy entry into the market. They're more affordable and easily financed. They're less...
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