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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Aug. 22, 1984)
Wednesday, August 22, 1G34
UNL's foreign students face
adjustment to U.S. culture
Dally Nebrejfcsa lVstler
Life on the streets of Peking
or Tehran, Iran, would be diffi
cult for En American brought
up in New York or Omaha, and
this cultural difference la rec
ognized easily on a university
campus, a UNL official said.
Peter Levitov, director of the
International Educational Ser
vice, said UNL's ever-growing
foreign population faces this
same culture problem when it
comes to campus. UNL's foreign
students and teachers, about
1,000 of them, have to adjust to
cultural changes such E3 Amer
ica's cr.3ual classrooms, food,
climate, language, religion and
For Instance, Levitov said,
foreign students usually take
the words literally in conversa
tion. When an American says
"see you later," foreign students
often take the phrase literally,
Levitov said. They are disap
pointed when the person does
not call or stop by their home.
Foreign teaching trtirt.ts con
tend with classroom problems
on top of the other adjustment,
Health aides are a liaison be
tween students and the Univer
sity Health Center, said Jana
Crawford of the UNL Commun
ity Health Department.
Crawford said health tides
live in all university residence
halls, co-ops and fraternity and
Health aides are students who'
enroll in a training program
that includes a two-semester
public health course, first aid
training and cardiopulmonary
resuscitation classes. Before stu
dents are hired as health aides,
they must be certified in CPU
and have first aid skills.
Crawford said health aides
are trained to help students
with minor physical and emo
tional concerns. Health aides
refer troubled students to ap
propriate medical services at
the health center, improve health
and safety and promote health
through 'educational programs
Last year about 153 health
aides serviced the UNL campus,
but Crawford said only 123 have
ssgned up for this year. Students
can apply at the Community
Health Department in the Multi
purpose room of SeEeck Quad
rangle. Health sides earn about
$3X0 a week she said, and are
required to take Public Health
230 a course that meets once
a week for the entire academic
Crawford s&fd health aides
counsel students in alcohol, drug
abuse and other emotional concerns.
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Levitov said. Language is not
the problem, because foreign
TA's must pass a test of spoken
English before they can teach,
he said. But teaching styles pose
problems. Many cultures require
students to stand when a teach
er enters the classroom and to
address the teacher as "sir" or
"ma'am." At UNL teachers often
wear jeans to class, ask to be
called by their first name and
have casual teaching styles; To
help foreign TA's overcome these
differences, UNL requires for
eign students to attend an Am
erican school for at least one
year before teaching.
To fit Into American culture,
Levitov said, some students
"divorce" their native friends and
Americanise themselves. Others
; only interact with native friends
and avoid Americans, he said.
, Neither cf these solutions work.
They have to have a foot in
both cultures," Levitov said.
They have to be an actor or
, actress while they're here and
take off their costumes and be
come themselves again when
they return home. They have to
remember who they are."
IES, at Nebraska Union 345,
offers many programs to for
eign students who are trying to
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