Emotional Attunement & International Students

Leaving home to study in a new country is an act of immense bravery. However, international students in a new, unfamiliar environment may defensively self-segregate with students who share their background, or become isolated. Fortunately, research has shown that teachers can positively influence the learning, health and well-being of their students.

Openness and inclusiveness from faculty can build safety for international students, encourage them to participate in academic life while in Canada, and model positive behaviours and strategies that both international and domestic students can emulate (e.g. empathy, communication, conflict resolution, willingness to adapt to new knowledge). This session uses a neuroscience lens to examine how mimicry and vicarious learning processes help students learn from what they see.

Acculturation & Strategies for International Students

Emotional Attunement & International Students is part of a series of five interactive workshops about supporting international students. These sessions offer 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 in The Studio for Teaching & Learning, 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 was originally designed for instructors, but may also be of interest to Saint Mary’s University staff who work closely with international students.

To request one or more workshops in this series, email english.support@smu.ca.

  1. International Students & Academic Acculturation

  2. Conversation Skills & International Students

  3. Academic Writing & International Students

  4. Emotional Attunement & International Students

  5. Cross Cultural Challenges in the Classroom