This week we expore Richard D. Lewis’ model of culture classification that groups different cultures into three main types – linear-active, multi-active and reactive.
Yesterday we took a more detailed look at what linear-active cultures look like with two typical representatives – Germany and USA. What about the attitude and approach you should use when working with such students? How to recruit, retain and ensure a quality international education experience for students from linear-active countries? This is what you will learn today!
Offer clear information at all times
Students from linear-active countries like to know as much as possible prior to their arrival as well as during their stay. They will not appreciate delays, unexpected changes (i.e. when you promised a single dorm room but ended up offering a shared room instead) or officers who cannot point them in the right direction.
Stick to the plan
Before you welcome your international students from linear-active cultures, you’d better develop a clear plan and test it out. Take into consideration all the issues that might occur during the whole study period. Apply this not only to curriculum, but also to every other aspect of your international students’ lives: bank card issuing, paperwork regarding living situation, options and procedures they have to in order to take a part-time job, etc. You should confirm any changes in advance and preferably in writing.
Develop project-based courses
Simply learning theory is not enough: students from linear-active countries want to work on projects that would help them understand the subject matter in a real-life situation, as well as develop their portfolio. Wherever possible, consider introducing practical projects as an integral part of the courses you offer. Students should be able to engage with those projects following clear instructions from lecturers.
Create opportunities for social networking
Representatives of linear-active cultures typically keep a small social circle that is mostly related to the work they are doing. While in essence that’s not a setback at all, we have to make a point here that study abroad presents an opportunity to expand one’s social circle that’s not to be missed. This is the time in life when people are most open to new contacts and getting to know various cultures. Staying within their comfort zone will not let them truly experience the beauty of studying abroad. So your mission in this context would be to create real opportunities for your international students from linear-active cultures to spend as much time outside their chosen social groups as possible.
What is your approach towards addressing the needs of international students coming from linear-active cultures? Do you use any of the tips outlined above? Let us know in the comments below!