International Students at Augustana in the Classroom & Advising: Points to Remember
Many international students (especially those from East Asia ) come from more restrictive classroom situations.
They are less likely to raise their hands to answer questions.
They may become extremely embarrassed when called on to answer a question - whether they know the answer or not.
They are more likely to misunderstand “plagiarism.” We do cover this during Orientation, but it would not hurt to go over expectations with the class.
They are less likely to make eye contact with the professor.
They may have difficulties with group projects/presentations.
When they know the answer or wish to contribute in class, they often have the response ready - but in their native language. It sometimes takes a while for them to become comfortable in speaking out loud to the class. Many are embarrassed thinking their English is not satisfactory.
Speaking to a Professor or Administrator
They are less likely to come to your office and speak to you unless directly invited. A scheduled office visit would solve this problem.
They may ask the same question more than once. If they do - try rephrasing your comments. Then ask them to repeat it to you so you know the message was understood.
They will rarely ask you to clarify something you said.
They will tend to take criticism more personally.
Advising International Students (full-time, degree seeking)
Students must not drop below full time status. Therefore, that means they must carry at least 8 credits.
Please feel free to contact either Kim Tunnicliff, X-8283, or Jane Tiedge, X-8980, in the International Office - Denkmann B30.