Student Videos

Language in the Classroom

What is it like to study at the university level in a language other than your home language? In this video, students share the challenges they experienced when they first studied in a Canadian English environment. As you will hear, while some students have many years of experience in English, differences varieties of English may create difficulties understanding in the initial weeks and months of study. Students may also feel intimidated by speaking in the classroom.

For reflection

  • How have you modified your communication style to help students understand concepts more easily?
  • What strategies might decrease student anxiety about class participation?


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Getting to Know Your International Students (2nd Edition) by Kwantlen Polytechnic University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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