Cultural Conflict in the International Education in USA
The procedures of higher education in the USA have faced many challenges owing to the diversity of the students’ fraternity. There have been a number of cases of cultural conflicts due to the difference in the cultural backgrounds of the international students. This has been a great barrier to the achievement of the effectiveness of various programs in the education sector in the USA. This has therefore resulted into the introduction of a culture bridge for international students in order to be conversant with certain key aspects of the American culture that are central in the execution of the education programs (Dagbovie, 2010, p. 534). This paper would therefore strive to discuss some of the areas of cultural conflicts for international students in the USA.
Language is integral in the communication process during the education programs. For effectiveness to be attained there is need to convey a number of information among the scholars and between the learners and the trainees. There are certain conflicts in linguistics used in America and that used in other parts of the globe. This has been a major challenge in the plans within the education sectors in the USA (Chen & Yoo, 2010, p. 376). It is reported that the linguistics used in the USA is viewed to be complicated unlike that used in most of the countries. This has seen international students from various parts of the world go through elementary language studies in order to acquire the basics of the American language. The challenge of language has greatly derailed the performance of a number of foreign students especially in the event that the student is not from an English-speaking nation. Certain language conflicts have also been manifested between British and the American English. Constraints in relation to pronunciation and spelling issues have often raised concerns in the education process. This at certain levels has often resulted into harmonization of the two English languages to attain a common area of agreement.
Standards of living have also been a major challenge to international students who opt for studies in the USA. There are great conflicts in the standards of living that results into a number of negative effects in the progress of the students. Owing to the development of the country, the living standards of most individuals in the country is relatively high. This is unlike the low living standards that are often associated with developing nations. In the event that individuals from third world countries assume the living standards in the USA, initially there will be culture shock owing to the standards disparity. The availability of an array of opportunities to the foreign students at times has been a major impediment to the process of acquiring knowledge. Due to the inability to match the present and the domestic standards of livings, some foreign students have reportedly indulged into a number of social aspects that are not in support of the education programs hence resulting into relatively low performance (Museus, Palmer, Davis, Maramba, In Ward & In Wolf, 2011, p. 764). Consequently, the high standards can also result into situations of inferiority complex among the students. This has also many devastating effects in the education procedures.
The aspect of food as also been seen to be a major area of conflict. A number of cultures have peculiar practices about the food items consumed. In various cultures, food is used at given periods for certain intentions. The strong cultures in various parts of the world have instilled various eating habit in various individuals that profess the cultures. The food habits have also become more pronounced with various religions that advocate for specific food materials to be consumed (Arabski & Wojtaszek, 2011, p. 329). The Muslim community is known for avoidance of alcohol consumption. In the learning institutions in the USA, there is no strict adherence to these cultural practices hence the presentation of various food products. This has been a major source of conflicts as students are forced to consume certain food items that are not culturally accepted in their native backgrounds (Rothstein, 1995, p. 764). Peer influence within the learning institutions has also been a major factor that has led to the adoption of conflicting eating habits.
In the social platform, certain conflicting aspects have also been manifested. Entertainment from time to time has been central in various cultures for diverse purposes. More specifically, music has been used in a range of cultures for a number of functions. In some cultures, music is a divine tool that should only be used during worship (Park, 2007, p. 332). However, this is also contradictory to certain cultures where music is used in social places as a form of entertainment. In the US, music is essentially used in the social arena as a means of entertainment. The art of music in USA to some extent is seen to be in conflict with other aspects in other countries. This sphere of conflict ranges from the composition of various forms of music to the art of presentation through dances. The aspect of clothing during the performance of various forms of music has also been seen to be in conflict.
|Introduction to the Concept of Conflicting Cultures||Week one|
|Language and conflicting aspects||Week Two|
|The aspect of the Living Standards||Week Three|
|Food and various factors in the social set up||Week Four|
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