Teachers who are not experienced with students suffering from culture shock may make the mistake of thinking students in Stage 1 of culture shock have completely adjusted to the new culture. Then, when Stage 2 kicks in, the unexpected distress of the students blindsides the teacher. This brief but helpful explanation of how culture shock typically progresses gives a bird's-eye perspective to what can be a very long process.
Teachers with little international experience may not be aware of the things that are culturally very normal for them, but disconcerting to a culturally different student. This straight-forward resource will give you some of the basic factors of culture shock, and the things you are doing in your classroom that may unwittingly be stressing out your students.
This excellent resource is broken down into four clickable sections: Why should you anticipate culture shock? Why don't the same teaching approaches work everywhere? Why does teaching require cultural intelligence? And what issues might you encounter?
For international students who are proficient in reading English, this informative article can help them get a grasp on what they are experiencing, and how to cope. It also includes two videos on culture shock to supplement the information.
In the end, recognizing culture shock in your students isn't going to be enough to help them navigate it. This article provides specific strategies you can employ to help your culturally (and linguistically) different students survive.