Reflecting on International Experience. Studying with Students from Other Countries


Essay, 2020

12 Pages, Grade: 2.1


Excerpt

Table of Contents

Executive summary

Table of Contents

Introduction

Problems encountered in group cooperation
1.1 Unable to communicate face to face
1.2 Different ways of thinking
1.3 some barriers to communication

Way of solving the problem
2.1 Choose practical software to communicate
2.2 Decide how to work through discussion
2.3 Listen to others more seriously and try to understand

Results from teamwork
3.1 Make a mind map and give a speech
3.2 Rediscovered Vietnam
3.3 The importance of communication
3.4 Presentation skills
3.5 Language improvement
3.6 other results

Conclusion

References

Appendices
Appendices 1

Executive summary

Cooperating with students from other countries is a huge challenge for every student, because they not only have to face communication barriers and cultural differences, but also need to accept and understand the opinions of others when there are differences. The main purpose of this report is to analyze what you learned in the first semester, the problems encountered in the learning process, how to solve the problems encountered, what you learned in the process of solving the problems, and the knowledge learned in the first semester is useful for the future the impact and how to better cooperate with group members are analyzed to show that the first semester is important.

Introduction

Because of the existence of COVID-19, face-to-face teaching has become extremely difficult, so teaching on the Internet has become increasingly popular. However, due to the learning methods and cultural differences of students from different countries, team cooperation has become more difficult, because the team members cannot communicate and cooperate well, so for every student, it is necessary to communicate with students from other countries Cooperation between students is a great challenge, because they not only face communication barriers and cultural differences, but also accept and understand the views of others when there are differences. For this reason, communication in group cooperation is particularly important, because group members do not only communicate in terms of discussion and cooperation, more importantly, it helps team members better understand the confusion caused by cultural differences. All students through three months learning and practice almost can skill and unhindered cooperation with group member. The group members become more familiar with each other, which also means that in the future, they can cooperate better. At the same time, because we come from different countries, after this period of mutual learning, we understand each other’s culture better and the difference from the culture of your own country. Difficulties are inevitable. We encountered many problems in group cooperation, such as not being able to fully understand what the other party said, because the time and location were different, and communication could not be more convenient, but in the end, all members discussed and helped. We solved these problems perfectly. This report will analyze the difficulties encountered in the process of cooperation, solutions, knowledge learned from it, benefits gained from it and the benefits and impacts for the future, so as to illustrate the importance of cross-cultural communication and cooperation and how the team can better solve

Problems encountered in group cooperation

1.1 Unable to communicate face to face

The main problem encountered in online learning is the inability to face-to-face communication. Kappas and Krämer mentioned in the book that “the inability to face-to-face communication creates many cultural barriers, and people cannot understand each other better” (Kappas, A. & Krämer, Nicole C.) In fact, the inability to fully understand the meaning of others is a great challenge to group cooperation. In many cases, the efficiency of cooperation is very slow due to the inability to fully understand the meaning of others. The first group assignment was of great help to us. Through the first task, we discussed virtual communication and made good use of it. Virtual communication not only makes our cooperation more convenient, but also allows better communication between team members.

1.2 Different ways of thinking

Secondly, the cultural differences between the East and the West also bring us a lot of trouble. People in the West prefer individualism and the East prefer collectivism (Kim, J. et al., 2010.), so when communicating or cooperating, can’t adapt to the way of speaking and work attitude of students from other countries, this has a great impact on our cooperation, because being unable to adapt to these means can’t cooperate better. In the group work, students from Western countries think that everyone should be responsible for one part and finally combine all parts, but students from Eastern countries think that all group members should discuss and complete them together. Finally, after discussion, the two methods were combined. All group members discuss first and then each complete their own tasks.

1.3 some barriers to communication

It is very difficult for many international students whose first language is not English to communicate in English without any obstacles. We also encountered this problem in our group. Language became the biggest obstacle to group communication. We couldn't understand each other better, and we couldn't express our meaning clearly. In the first task, there were some differences in our understanding due to the problems of communication and understanding, which made our first task very difficult and not very satisfactory, but in the second task, the language problem has changed a lot. Because of this, the second cooperation has become smoother.

Way of solving the problem

2.1 Choose practical software to communicate

The inability to communicate face-to-face is the most impactful, because sometimes we can’t clearly understand others. Someone in our group is in China,due to regional restrictions, we cannot use WhatsApp. At first, we communicated through email but it was difficult. Because we couldn't fully express our own meanings, after being recommended by others, we chose to use WeChat to communicate, and we could use voice calls to fully express our thoughts and suggestions to others, after using WeChat, we can fully express our thoughts and points of view, which makes our communication more convenient. Fast and convenient communication is the basis for us to better complete cooperation.

2.2 Decide how to work through discussion

Everyone has a unique idea, especially for people from different countries. The difference in education and environment has led to Westerners' preference for individualism and Easterners' preference for collectivism. To resolve such differences, we usually discuss whether it is more practical for individuals or groups to learn more. Say that we will choose a more advantageous way to complete. This kind of discussion not only allows us to resolve differences, but also provides us with more opportunities for communication. In the first task, the Western students thought that everyone should make a power point and combine the good parts to form a complete power point, but the Eastern students thought that after completing the mind map together, everyone was responsible for part of the power point. Production, we finally chose to make a mind map first, because this allows other members to understand everyone's thoughts and opinions, so that the produced power point will be more suitable for us to report.

2.3 Listen to others more seriously and try to understand

In group cooperation, we will listen carefully to other members' speeches and try to understand and remember what they have said. When we encounter unintelligible speeches, we usually ask the spokesperson to write down what he wants to express, so that it is more convenient for Eastern students understanding.

Results from teamwork

3.1 Make a mind map and give a speech

The first speech was a huge challenge for me. Through the first speech, I understood how to complete a formal speech. When preparing for the speech, we shared a mind map and developed it around the mind map. The discussion thus confirmed the content of our speech. Appendix 1 shows our mind map. In the mind map, everyone has made a great contribution. I completed the design and presentation of Cross-cultural communication by myself. This not only exercised my thinking logic, but also let My work arrangement is more organized and sequential.

3.2 Rediscovered Vietnam

In the first semester of the course, I learned a lot about Vietnam, through which I re-recognized the culture and development of Vietnam over the years. Comparing several countries around Vietnam can prove that Vietnam's economy has undergone tremendous changes over the years (Vu, T., 2010). The three lectures given by Vietnamese classmates made me get to know Vietnam again, because they talked about many traditional knowledge and customs in Vietnam, which I have never heard of. After the introduction of Vietnamese students, I changed my impression of Vietnam. In my impression, Vietnam is just a small economically underdeveloped country, relying on the sale of various natural resources, but after the introduction of Vietnamese students, I learned Vietnam's economy has now undergone great changes, not only relying on the sale of natural resources, but also relying on the development of industry and technology. This kind of knowledge is necessary in my opinion. If we want to achieve better development in the future, a global international vision is indispensable. In the task of Dr Martens, I learned about the development and future planning of Vietnam's footwear industry. In fact, this is almost a pillar industry in Vietnam, which accounts for a large part of the country's income,and according to forecasts, the shoe industry will also occupy many sources of income in Vietnam in the future. Appendix 2 shows the development of Vietnam's footwear industry in the next few years, and Appendix 3 shows the market share of shoes. Through these data, we can understand that Vietnam's economy and related economies will develop rapidly in the next few years, which is very helpful for spreading thinking and broadening horizons.

3.3 The importance of communication

In the first task, I discussed what is communication and cross-cultural communication, and made a mind map together. This collaboration allows the team members to realize the importance of working with others and how to solve problems when differences arise. method. When the task was first assigned, due to different ways of thinking, some people thought that the work should be assigned first and each person was only responsible for part of the different proposals on how to complete the task. The direction of the group speech, after discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the two methods, finally chose to make a mind map together, and then assign tasks based on the mind map. In fact, through this cooperation, I not only learned how to communicate better, but also learned that Trychin believes that correct communication is the easiest way to succeed (Trychin, S., 2015.) and more importantly during the process of searching for information. The thing is that this collaboration allows team members to understand each other.

3.4 Presentation skills

Through this semester's study, I learned a lot about speaking skills and how to give a formal speech. For example, choosing more facts can attract more people to listen (Weiss, M., 2015). At the same time, frequent interactions with the audience are required during the speech process to increase the audience's interest (Weiss, M., 2015). I have never learned about these methods, but now I can use those skill. My performance in the first lecture was not very good, because I hardly used any presentation skills. After the presentation, I learned a lot about presentation skills and read the book presentation skills for student written by Van & Becker, in the book It is mentioned that the speaker should use the power point to show his ideas and cooperate with others in order to increase the audience's interest (Van Emden, J. & Becker, Lucinda M., 2016). I was in the second speech process Some presentation skills were used in this article, which also made my presentation smoother.

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Title
Reflecting on International Experience. Studying with Students from Other Countries
College
University of Northampton
Grade
2.1
Author
Year
2020
Pages
12
Catalog Number
V1004838
ISBN (eBook)
9783346389794
Language
English
Tags
reflecting, international, experience, studying, students, other, countries
Quote paper
Zhanpeng Shi (Author), 2020, Reflecting on International Experience. Studying with Students from Other Countries, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1004838

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