Paul XXX, Vancouver Island Community College
Introductory story: Assisting another student on a quiz in Arab culture. When is it cheating? When is it just helping a friend?
We are unconsciously competent when navigating our our own culture. We can achieve conscious competence in other cultures.
Who will our Learners be in 2015?
-globally, nationally, and locally.
More tourism from non-US and non-European countries. Encourages immigration and international students.
The curve of demand: At first, many developing countries have little national educational resources. So they import foreign teachers. This fuels peak study abroad. This creates opportunities and demand for teachers locally. Consequently, desired education is at home. Study abroad declines.
Mix of students will change (fewer Chinese, more from India, Africa, Asia, and…Germany). Increased opportunities in China, South Korea, Vietnam, Russian satellite countries.
Canada is now a more desirable study location than the US. Canada is “certain”: safe, welcoming, modern, hopeful, cheap – and immigration is possible and likely to continue, since it boosts housing prices.
The Virtuous Cycle: High house sales fund retirement. High housing prices create security and jobs. Hence, Canada is a desirable destination, hence immigration and international student numbers increase. Hence, housing prices rise. Ottawa hopes to double the number of international students. Many will immigrate to Canada.
Where Will They Come From?
Red Deer predicted to double population within 18 years. Larger centers such as Vancouver and Toronto are too expensive.
Evolving mix of students. Increasing diverse domestic students (aboriginals and second generation immigrants).
The big picture: “foreign students” –> international office/study abroad –> intercultural teaching, curriculum internationalization –> Global campus, multicultural classrooms –> Global classroom, international campuses
Success orientations : goal, relationship, process. Diifferent students may have different skills/approaches. The instructor should build on these strengths.
Many foreign students are relationally oriented and need to learn Canadian behavioral norms, processes, and important of goals.