Teachers - How to Make your Students Feel at Home Faster

When I taught (EAP) English for Academic Purposes at a local college, I would start the first class with introductions.Classes traditionally started on the first Monday of the month.I was always amazed when a student would introduce him/herself to the class, and tell us that they just arrived in Canada on Saturday.They hadn’t even had time to recover from jetlag, let alone culture shock!

Interesting research in the area of social psychology suggests that there is an activity that helps students to adjust better.Research conducted with American students living in China reports that those who were treated to apple pie (as a reminder of home), tended to be more comfortable with local students more than those who received mango pudding, a Chinese dessert.

Another longer study looked at Chinese students living abroad.Students who were experiencing high levels of insecurity were asked to write about either a Hong Kong landmark such as Victoria Peak, or about symbols from the host...

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