A Cute Reflection on Some Opportunities of Cultural Mess-Ups by New Arrivals in the USA


From personal experience, I could add a ling list to the examples given here.  It  could be funny if the situations were not so close to our personal experiences who felt definitely more shameful than humorous at the time.  Read more in “Learning The Hard Way Why You Just Shouldn’t GetTooClose” at http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/06/27/417415574/learning-the-hard-way-why-you-just-shouldnt-gettooclose?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150627

Looking at the Same and Seeing Something Different: The Limitation of Being Part of One Culture



Resources on Cultural Norm Studies for Diverse Backgrounds


Great resources, excerpt:

Edward Hall’s work on communication norms or the cultural dimensions from Hofstede, Trompenaars, or the GLOBE leadership study. For those unfamiliar with this work, a few places to begin are:

Source:  http://www.management-issues.com/opinion/7015/is-the-problem-%201ccultural%201d-or-something-else/

Culture in Diverse Workplaces


Interesting article with good resources for practical considerations in organizations “Is the problem “cultural” or something else?”  at  http://www.management-issues.com/opinion/7015/is-the-problem-%201ccultural%201d-or-something-else/

More on Culture Shock


From one of my favorite blogger resources:

On Culture Shock and Reversed Culture Shock


Who of you lives or has lived in a different culture and experienced both forms of culture shock?  I sure did!  Here are some resources for you from one of my favorite Bloggers:

ESL Tips for Mainstream Teachers: Culture Shock


From one of my graduate students:

This week I wanted to make everyone aware of the culture shock issues that ELL students experience.  Many people understand culture shock and how stressful it can be, but many people do not know that for someone who has completely moved into a new country, culture, and language, that culture shock never really goes away.  We often believe that students going through culture shock will eventually assimilate into their new culture and things will not appear so “shocking” after a while.  However culture shock is more of a process that moves almost as a wave where they will go through periods in which they appear to adjust to the culture, but after a short time the intensity of culture shock can return and be just as severe as when they first arrived.  Often times teachers misidentify these periods of culture shock as a learning disability, because many of the signs are the same.  However you must consider culture shock as a possibility and ask yourself these questions:

  • How many years has the student been in the country?
  • How different is their first culture/language from the new culture/language?
  • What are the views of education in their first culture?
  • How long and to what degree did they receive an education in their first culture/language?
  • Are there many members of their first culture/language in their community?
    • generally if there is a large population of their first culture (such as the Hispanic community in Cardinal Valley) then the continuous up’s and down’s of culture shock will be more severe because they can easily transfer back to their first culture

As always let me know if you have any questions or concerns and have a great rest of the week!


Jessica Mitchell

ELL Social Studies Teacher

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

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