Education: Values and
Section 2: Common Causes of
The following list of academic problems was compiled by an
international student adviser at a state university, based on interviews
with foreign students. For each item, first answer the question,
"Is this a problem for American students?" If you respond
"yes," answer the second question, "Is this problem more
serious for foreign students?" Then discuss the questions after the
||Student doesn't understand the system
(add/drop, incompletes, testing, etc.).
||Student takes too many classes.
||Student doesn't have a good
background in the subject.
||Student has English deficiency
despite an adequate score on her or his English exam.
||Student is experiencing adaptation
problems in the new culture and is homesick.
||Student has roommate and housing
||Student is lonely.
||Student does not know how to study.
||Student is nervous about taking
||Student cheats or plagiarizes.
||Why do students have these kinds of
||Which problems, if any, can be
Conversation exercises taken from Beyond Language by Levine
and Adelman, Prentice Hall, 1993.