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Teaching international students: challenging but rewarding

Teaching international students can be challenging yet rewarding, according to some Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) lecturers.

In her experience, senior lecturer Katie Oscroft finds that international students often have more cultural depth to add to the session.

“Some students may know things other don’t, and it’s a good opportunity to use the individual experiences to enrich the learning process,” said Katie, who specialises in television news.

SHU Lecturer Katie Oscroft (first from left, bottom row) with the iStudyAbroad team after a TV news bulletin production.

Principal lecturer Dr. Geff Green has taught in SHU for 14 years, and deals with many international students from different countries.

He said: “Overseas students bring a new dynamic and diversity into the classroom, and there’s always something interesting to learn from them.”

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Sheffield Jubilee Fayre: Historical Explosion at Norfolk Heritage Park


Visitors, locals and international students were treated to an explosion of history and culture at the 11th annual Sheffield Jubilee Fayre recently.

Held at the Norfolk Heritage Park, the free community event offered tons of entertainment and attractions such as the Sheffield Horticulture Show, which is a vegetable and fruit farming competition, market stalls and park rides.

However, the highlight of the Fayre was definitely the larger than life re-enactment of significant historical events.

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What’s next? Foreign students finding a job in the UK

Layla (left) and Monica are ecstatic at the opportunity to volunteer for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

With a rise in unemployment rates, it is becoming increasingly difficult for international students to find jobs in the UK.

Furthermore, new post-study work visa regulations imposed by the British Border Agency restrict students from acquiring permanent employment.

However, it is not impossible for students to get paid or unpaid work experience while studying abroad, as illustrated by a few students from China.

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International students welcome the 2012 London Olympics

With the 2012 London Olympics in full swing, international students in the UK are celebrating the significant occasion in their own unique ways.

Malaysian student Jethro Wong was in London during the Olympic opening weekend to catch a glimpse of the historic event.

“It was a privilege to be in London to see the different cultures of the world coming together for this momentous event,” said Jethro, a summer programme student from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU).

International student Jethro Wong posing for a photograph with the 2012 London Olympics mascot, Mandeville. Photo credit: Jethro Wong

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Tips for improving your English

For international students who come from non-English speaking backgrounds, language may be a major obstacle for communication and learning.

According to Fran Potgieter, 41, an English lecturer from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), the most difficult thing faced by most students is expressing complexity of meaning with accuracy and clarity.

“’Hedging’ and cautious language can be difficult to produce and perfect tenses are an issue for many students,” she added. (*Explanation of ‘hedge’ at the end of this story)

Fran Potgieter (right), has taught English for about 20 years.

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Cultural differences affect how people perceive me – Pakistani International Student

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) MSc International Human Resource student Noor E Ain Arfa is a long way from home. Even so, her love for travel has taught her to be independent and adaptable in a new culture.

Sheffield Hallam University international student Noor E Ain Arfa loves travelling and exploring new cultures.

Coming from Lahore, Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country, 25-year-old Ain was brought up in a conservative society.

“I came from a religious country which has many strict rules especially for the women. I have a very strict of code of conduct which I have to follow. If I go beyond that, I will not be able to fit in the society,” she said.

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“I felt homesick while studying abroad,” – SHU International Student

International students may find it hard to cope emotionally when entering a different culture and lifestyle, away from family and familiarity.

SAKSHI ANAND, Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) International Student has always wanted to study abroad.

Sakshi Anand, 25, from a tight knit family in Delhi, chose to come to the United Kingdom because Sheffield Hallam University is the only university that offers MSc in Applying Physiotherapy.

While adapting to study life in the UK, Sakshi noticed that the academic system in UK is totally different from India.

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