A British Council Seminars presentation.

This presentation, by Professor Lixian Jin & Professor Martin Cortazzi, discusses the key concepts of Cultures of Learning, and provides examples of international student experience in ways of learning, perspectives on educational success and how classroom behaviour and different expectations of learning and teaching can be taken for granted or misunderstood with intercultural consequences.

With an increasing number of international students coming to study in Britain for the last decades, apart from providing for their educational needs, British academics and educators have a duty to understand the learning of their students, to care for their social, psychological and educational well-being. More importantly British teachers – and students – should learn from international students who have been successful learners in their own educational contexts. Arguably this is the next crucial step in internationalisation. Appreciating others’ cultures of learning may inspire further innovation in British cultures of learning and teaching.

The presenters have been conducting research into cultures of learning for over 20 years, collecting data from students and teachers of English in Britain, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia,Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, using a number of research methods including more conventional uses of questionnaires and interviews, observation, case studies and more innovative applications of narrative and metaphor analyses and ethnographic interpretations of photos.

This presentation discusses the key concepts of Cultures of Learning, gives examples of international student experience in ways of learning, perspectives on educational success and how classroom behaviour and different expectations of learning and teaching can be taken for granted or misunderstood with intercultural consequences. Using research results and easy-to-follow, but surprising examples, we hope to raise and develop intercultural awareness of learning and share insights into teaching issues. We propose a model of cultural synergies: developing professionalism and values in international contexts.

Video 1 - The changing context of internationalisation in education

Video 2 - Who is learning? How are they learning? What are they learning?

Video 3 - Communication and intercultural skills/ Being creative and being critical

Video 4 - Ideas and expectations of learners/ Metaphor research

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