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International Students & Academic Acculturation

  • Saint Mary's University, Atrium 212 (map)

Learn how international students think, and explore strategies to engage and motivate those who seem reluctant to participate in class.

Language proficiency isn’t the only barrier to academic acculturation. International students’ cultural background and prior education influence how they respond to the Canadian learning context. Students who seem silent or passive may be accustomed to very different expectations for academic participation. This session provides knowledge about the impediments that can discourage them from becoming active participants in their own learning and developing their potential. 

Acculturation & Strategies for International Students

This series of interactive workshops offers research-based intercultural teaching strategies, as well as guidance and support for challenges of sociocultural adaptation and language competency.

The sessions are presented by Academic Learning Services, and are designed and delivered by Muhammad Elhabibi, an Academic Learning Specialist who facilitates the language learning process for international students at SMU. Mr. Elhabibi has 35 years of teaching experience in multiple countries and learning contexts, including three Canadian universities. The series is designed for instructors, but may also be of interest to Saint Mary’s University staff who work closely with international students.

To register for one or more workshops in this series, email