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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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Make the first move: talking to locals

Universities often struggle with the lack of integration between international students and locals. Therefore, student unions, societies and members of community play an important role to assist students in this area.

Helen Francis, the president of Sheffield Hallam Union organises many activities  with her team for international students. The activities include day trips to Manchester and Liverpool and parties such as the Welcome Party, Disney Party and Cowboy Party.

The president of Sheffield Hallam Union, Helen Francis (left) really hopes to see the improvement of integration between the international with local students.

“Most international students are enthusiastic to participate in our events, and they also bring their unique cultures to the university which makes it livelier,” said Francis.

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International students and locals blend at Sheffield cook along

Cook Along on London Road, Sheffield

Studying abroad is not all about academics and learning. In Sheffield, students get a chance to participate in a variety of events organised by the University and other independent bodies.

A cook along held on London Road recently attracted international students as well as locals to learn themed cuisine in the spirit of eating and fun.

This event was organised by Blend, a community food organisation based in Sheffield. The organiser, Chris Hanson, said: “This event aims to share the knowledge of food preparation and simple cooking that can be easily achieved at home.”

He also said that over a thousand people have attended the monthly cook along sessions which have been ongoing for the last two years.

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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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“International students must be open minded,” – Andrew Bromley

Studying abroad can be exciting yet challenging. The iStudyAbroad team speaks to ANDREW BROMLEY, a well-known figure among SHU international students, about his experiences and advice.

ANDREW BROMLEY, International Student Support Officer at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), shares his experience of working with international students.

It has been a steep learning curve for Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) International Student Support Officer Andrew Bromley.

“With international students, I had to adapt to the various cultures and languages while maintaining a level of sensitivity,” he said.

In his four and a half years at SHU Student Support Services, Bromley has encountered thousands of international students from all walks of life.­­­

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