November 02, 2013
Why Chinese students don't party
The vast majority of college students who drop out do so because of nothing to do with school.
Work, finances, family obligations and social adjustment are...
...the major reasons.
But for foreign students studying abroad, the complications multiply like stray cats.
My observation is that any ESL school or program has as its primary difficulty the social absorption of its foreign students.
Many times ESL programs are isolated from native students and the students themselves tend to cluster together.
Outside of school, informal activities like parties, can be even more difficult.
Check out this Youtube video (produced by Chinese students) and observe how these foreign students explore this dilemma - http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbKRW-R6H2vHgld_HKwcliw?feature=watch.
Studying abroad can be one of life's great experiences. I hate to hear of students being discouraged, or even quitting school because of the social difficulties.
I have talked to too many foreign students who feel cloistered away from mainstream student life.
We, as teachers and students, need to welcome our foreign friends. We will almost certainly work with (or even for) them.
Take a look at this article for further details on this situation - http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/11/we-re-not-this-alien-group-chinese-students-on-fitting-in-at-us-colleges/281073/.
Send us your questions, ideas or strategies. We want you to enjoy, and remember fondly, your foreign learning experience.
Posted by mmorf at November 2, 2013 07:26 PM