Common characteristics of students from East Asia, Brazil and Russia

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    Pete J

    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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    English with Elsie

    This is really fascinating! Is it possible to add a section about students from the Middle East? I would be really curious to learn and share with other teachers about some potential common characteristics. 

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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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    Pete J

    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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    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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    Christina Schultz (Edited )

    Very interesting comments too. As to share with you, I would say that I feel very clumsy with Chinese and Korean students, since my German culture values honesty and being direct as positive traits but the exact same is seen impolite in China and Korea. I usually excuse myself in advance and make them aware of my doubts on what is actually character and what is culture. Always a great topic to talk about.

     

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    Bogdan

    Nice review!

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