Pause a Moment: Hating Your New Place

As an “instructor without boarders” (or an international anything), there are many times where we may find that our new working and living arrangement may not meet our expectations. Many times, we are sent to work within a system that we may not agree with, or we may have ideas on how things could be done better. Prolonged experience in this setting without perspective can make you angry and bitter and make you feel like you hate the country you are in. It is important to remember that though a system may work a certain way in your country, that is not necessarily how it should work in another country. Many times you are there to experience the culture and work within their education systems, not to “fix” it. It is important to remember this. Perspective is key. Below is a video by TokyoLens that has an important message that applies to anyone living abroad or in any new situation.


 

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English Language in the News

BBC News: Can English remain the ‘world’s favourite’ language?

Discussion: This article points out that many of the world’s English speakers and English learners live in non-English speaking countries. Not only this, but with the rise in technology and translation devices, will there be a need to continue to learn another language in the traditional way, if at all? What are your thoughts?


Lustig, R. (2018, May 22). Can English remain the ‘world’s favourite’ language?. In BBC World News. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-44200901