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Title: Student Language Development Exchange Program

Student Language Development Exchange Program

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

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?

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

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

What do we think?
  • We believe that during the exchange, you will
  • Develop and improve knowledge of your second
  • 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

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

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

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

Cultural Baggage
  • what the customs inspector doesnt see..

  • 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

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
  • Exchange students bring along the beliefs, the
    attitudes, and the rules for proper behaviour
    that they have learned at home, their cultural
  • Both our and their cultural baggage is mostly
  • And can be the source of misunderstandings and

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

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

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

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

Adjusting and adapting to a new culture
  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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
  • Encourage them to talk with the liaison teacher
    or another exchange student

  • 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 /
  • 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

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
  • for welcoming / opening your homes

  • 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?

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!

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

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

Just in case.
  • Visiting students will have out-of-country
    medical insurance
  • Doctors medi-centres will require payment up
  • Pay up front
  • Obtain itemized list of services
  • Family pays you, they get the money from
  • 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

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

Useful websites

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

  • 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.

  • Good Luck!