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Online pre-arrival learning to reduce culture shock


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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 Chapter
Additional Information: Conference held 23-25 November, 2011, in Auckland, New Zealand
Uncontrolled Keywords: 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
Depositing User: Helen Otto
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2013 01:21
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 03:14

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