This is Pitt's international new student guide to Pitt and the United States. It explains a lot of practical information, like time zones and US currency, but it also explores ideas of culture shock & American customs. It's really interesting to read these sections, as they are complex practices that are broken down and written in really simple International English. It is pretty amusing to read the section on "Dating & Relationships" as well as "Pittsburgh Slang".
An American woman walked up to Karina Pokoiakova, an international student from Russia, and asked “How come you look like an Asian girl, but your accent is Russian?” Pokoiakova learned then that American people are open in their opinions, she said.
Exploring culture shock in the US. The interesting thing about this article is the juxtaposition between the two students. One has had a really great experience in America. She loves the cultural adjustments and is enjoying finding out new things about her host country. The second perspective, however, is from a student who is struggling. It seems a major difference between these two students is their feeling of community and their ability to communicate in English.
Hi everyone, TURN U VOLUMN DOWN BEFORE YOU WATCH THIS, the beginning is very annoying. Anyhow, this is the first video I made for my tcom class in Ball State...
This is an awesome video MADE BY AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT. The beginning is super loud though, so watch out! This video talks about first impressions, language learning, food. It's a kind of hilarious video with low production value, which is pretty much the best of the internet, right?
The way Americans talk about China can often seem hostile, frustrating, or altogether irreconcilable with the world as a newcomer from China knows it
This article, written by a former Chinese student studying in the United States, explains the challenges faced by Chinese students in the U.S. Many of these challenges go beyond the language barrier and are rooted in American attitudes toward China. Many Americans hold condescending and outright hostile views of China, making it difficult for Chinese students to feel welcome. This lack of "welcome" is something many international students find at Pitt. This difficulty, coupled with language problems, causes many ESL students to form cliques where they speak their native tongue, making integration into their American school even harder as they spend most of their time not practicing English.
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"Many International Students Have Few Close American Friends, Survey Says"
Foreign students are flocking to the higher education system in the US. A recent study found that in 2011-2012, the number of international students in the US increased by 6.5% over the last year to a record high of 764,495 students.
Summary: Though many international students are coming to the US, they do not have many American friends because of cultural barriers and "adjustment fatigue".
From an interesting series on the Atlantic about learning French. The author explores language learning as he experiences it. This is a useful article because most other pieces are written ABOUT people trying to learn a new language rather than BY them. I'm really interested in this perspective.
A group of currently enrolled international students in U.S. colleges and universities share their experiences of why they chose the U.S. over other destinat...
This is a more serious look at why studying in the United States is a beneficial choice. Many students list "opportunity" as a reason for wanting to study in the United States. Students come to the US because of reputation, diversity of programs, excellent faculty. The U.S. has some of the best education in the world, which is why many students come here.
The differences between trying for an American university and a Chinese college couldn't be greater
Understanding the application process for students in China who want to study in the United States. I am pulling so many articles specific to China because a) there are a lot of Chinese students at Pitt and b) this is a hot topic in the media. How many Pitt ESL students are from China?
Recently, I found out that my American Dream is over.
While this piece doesn't pertain neccessarily to ESL students, it does relate to the struggle to immigrate and integrate in the USA. This woman speaks English, she's from the UK, and she still had to struggle through the difficult immigration process and was rejected. I can't fathom how difficult this would be for a non-native English-speaker.
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