Online pre-arrival learning to reduce culture shock

Otto, Helen (2013) Online pre-arrival learning to reduce culture shock. In: LED2011: Refereed conference proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity. University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. ISBN 9780473240219

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The more prepared an international student is for living and studying abroad, the more they will benefit from the experience (Storti, 1990). Without such preparation, culture shock (Oberg, 1960) is more likely to be adverse and enduring. We developed an online English course to help students better understand their cross-cultural experience. The online course focuses on immediate social and psychological needs and is delivered in the student’s own country, prior to the commencement of their study programme. The paper consists of an outline of some of the pedagogical theory underlying the development of the course, supplemented by examples taken from the online course, with some final comments from student appraisals.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:Conference held 23-25 November, 2011, in Auckland, New Zealand
Keywords that describe the item:online, pre-arrival learning, culture shock, cross-cultural, international students
Subjects:L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions:Corporate > Learning Works
ID Code:2578
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Deposited On:24 Apr 2013 01:21
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