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Title: Student Language Development Exchange Program


1
Student Language Development Exchange Program
  • GETTING
  • STARTED
  • MEETING

2
AGENDA
  • Introductions
  • Program goals
  • Intercultural Studies 35
  • Dates and functions
  • Tips for the hosting period
  • Discussion and questions

3
Welcome Introductions
  • Please introduce yourself with
  • Name
  • Program
  • What you are most looking forward to?
  • What you are most concerned or nervous about?
  • What do you think will be the biggest challenge
    in the first half of the exchange?

4
Further Introductions
  • International Exchange Liaison (Coordinator
    Katherine / Mindy)
  • Alberta Education
  • Liaison Teachers
  • Partners in Germany (Hesse Bavaria), Spain and
    Quebec

5
PROGRAM GOALS
  • Identify your personal goals
  • Why did you apply?
  • What were you thinking?

6
What do we think?
  • We believe that during the exchange, you will
  • Develop and improve knowledge of your second
    language
  • Create new international ties ambassador
  • Experience a different culture
  • Experience a new school system
  • Experience a new lifestyle
  • Experience personal growth
  • Independence
  • Tolerance
  • Understanding
  • Flexibility
  • Maturity
  • Problem solving

7
Intercultural Studies 35
  • Pilot this year
  • 5 credit course
  • Offered by CBE
  • Possibly available to all AE language exchange
    students
  • Will have more information available soon (will
    be sent to liaison teacher and students)

8
Dates Functions
  • The program calendar
  • Germany Hesse arrive August 22 (tbc)
  • - Bavaria arrive August 20
  • Spain arrive August 22
  • Quebec arrive September 12

9
Hosting Strategies for Success
  • In general
  • Timing pros cons
  • Importance of correspondence now
  • Matching
  • Best possible candidates
  • Partner candidates
  • Matches in heaven
  • Applications / changes / small surprises
  • Respecttolerate differences.dedication
  • Best buddies

10
Cultural Baggage
  • what the customs inspector doesnt see..

11
  • What is helpful to know about culture
  • Culture is the internalized rules and assumptions
    we have for what to do, how to behave, etc
  • It is generally something we feel
  • Iceberg analogy

12
The Iceberg View of Culture
Ways of Doing Food, Dress, Religious Rituals...
Ways of Thinking Attitudes, Communication Styles,
Perceptions, Assumptions
Ways of Being Beliefs, Values, World View
13
  • Exchange students bring along the beliefs, the
    attitudes, and the rules for proper behaviour
    that they have learned at home, their cultural
    baggage
  • Both our and their cultural baggage is mostly
    invisible
  • And can be the source of misunderstandings and
    conflicts

14
Potential cross-cultural communication barriers
  • Perception Stereotypes
  • We try to fit people into patterns based on our
    previous experience
  • We see what we want or expect to see and reject
    the possible interpretations that dont fit with
    what we expect (e.g. raised voice means anger)
  • Know your own preconceptions, learn about the
    other culture and be open to a different
    interpretation

15
Communication barriers cont..
  • Non-verbal communication
  • gestures, postures, and other ways we what we
    feel and think without speaking (normally so
    automatic we dont think about them)
  • Personal space
  • Tone doesnt translate well get out of here
  • Communication styles
  • expressive vs. reserved (working with silence)
  • direct / indirect

16
Cultural Differences
  • Caution
  • Personal / social sphere
  • Difference in diet, daily schedule
  • Liberal
  • Problem solving - describe, interpret, evaluate
  • Be open to differences / accept
  • Sense of humour

17
Second Language Learning
  • The challenges of working in a second language
  • They may feel like a child
  • Initial lack of understanding of accent or slang
    Make sure they understand not just saying yes
  • Working in second language a tiring process

18
Adjusting and adapting to a new culture
19
  • Three kinds of adjustments
  • Physical adjustment involves getting used to
    the more obvious differences a new
    transportation system, the foods that the
    exchange student doesnt have at home, the school
    system, etc.
  • Cultural adjustment involves deeper adjustment
    and acceptance of the host countrys values,
    beliefs, and ways of doing things.
  • Personal adjustment is where the process of
    incorporating and integrating both cultures with
    a minimum of discord
  • On-going process
  • Varies from one individual to another and from
    one culture to another
  • End result is always a change in the individual

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Stages of cultural adaptation
  • Important to note that the severity of adjustment
    depends on intensity factors
  • Language levels
  • Previous experience
  • Culture shock or culture bumps

22
Indicators of cultural adjustment
  • Honeymoon phase
  • Excitement
  • Apprehension / nervousness
  • Culture shock
  • Confusion / disorientation
  • Frustration
  • Struggle with simple, everyday activities
  • Withdrawal
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Unusual eating patterns weight gain or loss
  • Suspicion and stereotyping of host culture
  • Romanticizing or rejecting the home culture

23
  • Recovery Adjustment
  • Sense of mental well-being
  • More comfortable and competent when engaging with
    the host culture
  • Able to complete everyday tasks with ease
  • Able to articulate the likes and dislikes of
    their home and host cultures
  • Capable of problem-solving

24
How to support the student
  • Encourage them to
  • Get a sense of their physical surroundings
  • show them around your home, school, neighbourhood
  • note locations of stores and when they are open
  • Show them recreational areas where you can relax
    or rejuvenate yourself (i.e. parks, sports
    facilities)

25
  • Understand their language and culture limits
  • if things get too overwhelming, encourage them to
    take a break
  • Do something familiar.
  • Cook a meal from home for your family
  • What works for them at home when they are feeling
    down? Reading? Listening to music?
  • Watch a movie in their own language
  • Express themselves Talk with someone who
    understands
  • Encourage them to talk with the liaison teacher
    or another exchange student

26
  • Encourage them to
  • Connect with family and friends back home
  • Write letters home, send e-mails to friends.
    Writing can be a valuable means of reconnecting
    when things arent going so well. But set a limit
    - too much time on the phone or the computer may
    be a way of withdrawing from the culture /
    experience.
  • Stay active
  • take walks, bike ride or other physical activity
  • Participate in extra curricular activities where
    they can meet people at school or in the
    community

27
Parental Responsibility Supervision
  • legally responsible
  • set the rules make sure theyre understood
  • respect program rules
  • more socializing than you are comfortable with?
  • guest vs. family member
  • no minimum expectations for travel
  • THANK YOU
  • for welcoming / opening your homes

28
SCHOOL
  • Important aspects
  • Full time classes
  • Full timetables
  • For you think about it for your away phase
  • For partner mix of academic options suited to
    their interests abilities
  • Guidelines with your liaison teacher in the
    School Edition Handbook
  • Not in the same classes as your partner after a
    few days
  • Introduce to liaison teacher administrator
  • Show school layout and so on
  • Fees? Bussing?

29
Peculiarities Paradoxes
  • Protective of partner let go make own friends
  • Space / freedom
  • Some separation normal NOT neglect
  • Best buddies vs. siblings
  • Learn to draw the line when to be together
    when to have space
  • Me and my shadow be patient tables will turn!
  • Family members chores and jobs will integrate
    make them feel less like an outsider
  • Parents be direct, no intermediaries!

30
Other hints.
  • Arrival shock and jet lag
  • Allow for recovery
  • Reap what you sow
  • Keep you goals in mind
  • Remember the long term benefits of dedication
  • Friends and contacts across cultural
    linguistic boundaries

31
Last but not least.
  • Important issues
  • Dealing with problems
  • Independent travel
  • Visits by friends or relatives
  • Travel to the USA
  • Medical issues

32
Just in case.
  • Visiting students will have out-of-country
    medical insurance
  • Doctors medi-centres will require payment up
    front
  • Pay up front
  • Obtain itemized list of services
  • Family pays you, they get the money from
    insurance
  • Emergency or hospital stay
  • Contact insurance company immediately
  • Contact our office as soon as possible
  • Important
  • Family needs to be aware of any injuries or other
    medical concerns. If serious, let our office
    know as well

33
Other information
  • Alberta Adventure Camp - Germany
  • Welcome BBQ Spain
  • Program Handbook
  • Handout Family Expectations
  • Next communications
  • Comments or Questions?????

34
Useful websites
  • www.iir.gov.ab.ca/international_relations
  • www.dfait_maeci.gc.ca
  • www.pacific.edu/sis/culture/index/htm
  • www.voyage.gc.ca
  • www.iir.gov.ab.ca/international_relations
  • www.dfait_maeci.gc.ca
  • www.pacific.edu/sis/culture/index/htm
  • www.voyage.gc.ca

35
Contact information
  • Katherine McGeean / Mindy Bratvold
  • 2nd floor, 44 Capital Blvd
  • 10044-108 Street NW
  • Edmonton, AB T5J 5E6
  • Phone 780-427-8860
  • Fax 780-644-2284
  • katherine.mcgeean_at_gov.ab.ca

36
  • Call toll-free in Alberta. Dial 310-0000
  • You can access Alberta government offices
    toll-free from anywhere in the province by
    calling the Government of Alberta Call Centre at
    310-0000. After dialing 3100000 you will have
    the option of entering the number you need or
    holding/pressing zero for operator assistance.
  • Operator assisted service is available weekdays
    from 800 a.m. to 600 p.m. You can use the
    automatic connection option to enter the number
    you need 24 hours a day.
  • The toll-free 310-0000 service can also be used
    to send a fax to an Alberta government office.
  • Free cell phone access
  • For province-wide free access from a cellular
    phone, enter 310 (for Rogers Wireless) or 310
    (for Telus and Bell). This feature allows you to
    call Alberta government offices without paying
    long distance or airtime charges.

37
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION BRANCH
  • Good Luck!
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