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Cultural Understanding: A Crucial Responsibility of Language Teachers Abroad
Schools: Studies in Education
Vol. 7, No. 1 (Spring 2010), pp. 27-40
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/651294
Page Count: 14
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Abstract This essay addresses the problems that teachers experience while living and teaching abroad in China. The first part describes my personal experience as a beginning teacher abroad and the cultural challenges I faced in the classroom. The second part details the events that occurred at a foreign teachers' conference and examines the roots and motivations behind foreigners' cultural insensitivity toward their students through the lens of a “culture bump.” The essay emphasizes the importance of cultural sensitivity and curiosity as the keys to successful teaching abroad.
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