Case Study Analysis of Guest Speaker: Mainstream American, and Chinese

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During the third in class interview, the class heard from He, Ya LI and Qian, Kim (Leo) who are international students at George Fox University from china. Ya Li is a third year student at fox and she is studying organizational communications. Leo came to George Fox for the M.A.T Education program with a focus in mathematics and he graduated in 2011. The 4-world model along explains that the western American culture and the eastern Chinese culture have greater levels in conflict between the differences of culture. There is many aspect that can be examined between mainstream American and Chinese culture,
A major struggle for Ya Li and Leo is their development of academic and social English. Unlike in America, China starts having students study a second language around first grade. This cultural skill should be one that is put in place within American schools on the grounds that if a child starts learning other languages when they are younger it will be easier for them to be able to retain the language. Ya Li pointed out the problem with learn English in china was the fact that there was little focus on oral English. For Leo he had a negative experience learning English as a result of the education style in china. Even know both Ya and Leo have been here for greater than three years they still have trouble with academic English. For Ya Li she has a problem with organization of papers and sentence structure. Where Leo struggles with word usage and grammar. Leo’s motivation to learn English when he decided he wanted to come to America since he needed to be able to pass the TOEFL test. From the intercultural textbook it showed the importance of, “Being mindful can also entail being aware that using a second language is more phys...

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... learn about the dark side of personal identity for the reason I had never heard it explained in this way. Even when cultures believe that they are completely different and there is nothing they share with another culture might just be similar in the fact their culture contains ethnocentrism. As teacher conflict within the classroom can stem from students dealing with issues related to the dark side of self-identity. Student might have grown up learning stereotypes or prejudice “Nevertheless, research has revealed that two techniques are often successful in dispelling prejudicial views: personal contact and education” (Samovar, Porter, McDaniel, Roy, 2012, p. 236-237). My job will be to make sure that I know how to deal with these issues when they arise and teach my students about other culture to stop these negative interactions within intercultural communication.

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