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Understanding international students: Classroom applications

from By Douglas Magrath

From Sept. 15: There are many benefits for instructors who have an understanding of their learners' cultures as well as their own culture. A teacher's comments may be misunderstood because of the different ways teachers communicate in L1 cultures. For example, the majority of U.S. teachers grade and write little notes about "how to improve" or "work on this" in red ink. For Koreans, this is perceived as shameful. To write someone's name in red ink means that you wish death upon him or her. more

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