Wednesday, November 4, 2015

3 Big Differences Between Chinese and American Classroom Culture

Taken from: We Are IU.

1. Relationship between students and their instructors
The relationship between students and instructors determines the classroom environment. In China, teaching in the classroom is the most respected career. Students are trained to 100% obey their instructors. Students can never object to the instructor's opinion about the text book content, unless it was a slip of the tongue. If you have a different opinion about a specific topic, the instructor may give you a chance to share it once in the classroom, but after that, he or she will still require everyone to write the exact thing he or she taught on the exam. The Chinese propriety also requires students to nod or bow when saying hello to their teachers every time they meet on campus. This rule applies to meeting all the faculty on campus, students must obey this rule, even to a faculty member who has never taught them a class in the past. In America your instructor may prefer you to call them by their first name, but in China you can only call faculty member by their last name with a title like Mr, Ms, and Dr. To call a teacher by his or her first name is considered rude and inappropriate. 

2. Classroom participation
Students must raise hands to answer or ask a question, and they cannot speak unless picked by the instructor. When picked by the instructor to answer or ask a question, students must stand up to show their respect to the instructor. Read more...