Students tend to favour big or well known cities, but there is something to be said in favour of less prominent destinations. Take the example of Japan. Everyone knows the futuristic, bustling hub of technology and innovation that is Tokyo, but few people are aware of idyllic Fukuoka, although it is a wonderful place to learn Japanese.
Today there seems to be a widespread belief among managers that management practices are either good or bad, but universal in any case. To me this has become a strange idea..
Since 2007, Sydney English Academy (SEA) has sponsored students from one of the world’s newest nations: East Timor. It is SEAS’s hope that these students return to their country with a language and a cultural experience that will benefit not only themselves, but also their wider community. Read more
An ongoing project of mine is to document the cultural differences between my host families and students from different countries, to highlight the problems each might encounter as one culture rubs gently against the other, and to offer solutions, or at least a degree of preparation, in order to avoid embarrassment or misunderstanding. Read more