Common characteristics of students from East Asia, Brazil and Russia

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    Pete Johnson

    Chinese and Vietnamese students often benefit from practice in critical thinking and wherever possible seeking out balanced views, even for argument essays, to a certain degree in IELTS but without doubt in university work.

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    Simone Wentzel

    I am so thankful for this article.  Love understanding our student's need and views and cultures etc.  Thanks for this article, super insightful.

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    Camille

    Some cultures have more respect for teachers than others. In North America, I think that they see their teachers as "products" and I don't feel comfortable with this attitude. 

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    Pete Johnson

    Tertiary teachers in Australia are not so much viewed as products by students as being seen as pieces of portable equipment by the management. At the highly regarded uni at which I teach, 5 big brother signs glare down in the teachers' room - none mention respect for teachers, all refer to things such as " A great customer experience". It's a by no means coincidental influence as one tries to fail a $50,000 per year international student from the region you mention, fully aware of the WeChat comments about the institution which might follow any such demeritous grade. Of course the management can always be counted on for full support..... by the customer, who is naturally always right.

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