Bridging International Education

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The 21st-Century has brought with it many changes. We are in a world where self-management is an expectation. There is abundant access to information, services, and resources, or pathways to resources, in today’s age. Electronic organizational tools, programs, and applications, accessible on smartphones, tablets, tablets, x-boxes, are just a few of the hundreds of sources for self-management now available for the average American teen. In 2018, several million American teens over the age of 16 work 6-14 hours a week, or more. This is in addition to attending school 6.5 to 8 hours a day and...
Student
Are you an international student who is planning to study in Worcester, Massachusetts? Worcester is a popular location for international students studying in the US. Fortunately, there are plenty of amazing things to see and discover in Worcester! Worcester is the second largest city in the state of Massachusetts, which is 40 miles from the state capital Boston. It is often referred to as the heart of the Commonwealth due to its central location. Did you know that Massachusetts is actually officially a commonwealth and not a state? Worcester is home to many colleges and universities, so...
Student
  As an international student in the US or Canada, you are no doubt enjoying attending high school and experiencing a new culture, as well as making lots of new friends.  Yet there will be moments in the year when you may feel a little homesick, especially around the Chinese New Year.  There are two ways you can feel better. You can look for Chinese New Year celebrations in your area, and you can plan some Chinese New Year celebrations with your host family. This would be a fantastic way for you to share your cultural traditions with your host family, and to really connect...
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Animal Farm is a popular novel in US high schools and is also popular among English language learners. Written in 1945, the novel is based on events during and after the 1917 Russian Revolution, which overthrew the absolute power of the Tsar and a rigid social system. The communist government replaced this system which had kept most of the population in poverty, with a communist system. The author, George Orwell, was very critical of communism and tries to show this in the novel. Why is this a good novel for language learners? Animal Farm is a popular text for teaching international...
Host Family
The Millers ​ The beauty and the bane of homestay programs is the rich diversity of the American family. From our perspective, this is what defines us; that we are more than unique in personality and thought, but also in heritage and culture. Yet, we do share a common culture that reaches across our differences to embrace ideals and transcend those things over which we have no control. Every family that chooses to become a host to an international student does so for their own personal reasons. Regardless of what those are, it’s safe to say that they all start with - or develop - a...
School
Good news, teachers! Chinese New Year is coming up very soon, which is a great opportunity for you to link this amazing cultural celebration to your classroom activities. This would be especially useful if you have international students in your class! Special activities for Chinese New Year in the classroom is a great opportunity to have international students and, especially those from Asian countries who celebrate the holiday, share their traditions and celebrations with their classmates. It is also a chance for other students to develop their sense of global awareness by learning all...
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