Culture Shock and Adapting To Canada

• Have you ever been in a situation where you felt you had to “do as the Romans do”?
• What is culture shock?
• Have you ever experienced culture shock?
• What is reverse, or re-entry, culture shock?
• Have you ever experienced reverse culture shock?
• What is the best/most important thing your culture has given to the world?
• What is the best/most important thing your culture/country has adopted from another culture?
• If you could choose three aspects of your culture to put in a “time box” for the future, what would you put in it?
• On what occasions do you exchange flowers in your country?
• What are some things that define a culture? For example, music, language, …
• Do you know much about your own culture?
• What do you think is interesting about your own culture?
• When people from other countries think about your culture, what do they usually think of?
• What do you like most about your own culture?
• What do you like least about your culture?
• What does it mean to be polite in your culture?
• What is considered rude in your culture? Is there anything in Canadian culture that is considered rude in your culture?
• In your culture is it polite to be straightforward and direct when you talk to someone? To whom is it OK and to whom is it not OK?
• What has surprised you when you’ve met people from other countries?
• How do young people in your culture behave differently from older people?
• How do young people in your culture behave differently from people in Canada?
• Are there people of different cultures in your country? Are you friends with any of them?
• What other cultures have you met people from?
• Have you ever felt confused by the actions of someone from another culture? If so, tell me about it.
• How are your language teachers different from your teachers in your culture? How are they the same?
• Who in your culture do you admire most?
• What are the five most important values of your culture? (For example, Family)
• What in your culture are you most proud about?
• If you could change one thing about your culture, what would it be?
• Would you ever consider marrying or dating someone from another culture?
• Would you ever consider living permanently in a country other than your home country? Why or why not?
• Do you think “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” is always good advice? Why or why not? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt you had to “do as the Romans do”?
• What do you think is important when visiting another culture?
• If a group of people just came to your country from overseas, what advice would you give them?
• What culture besides your own do you admire? Why?
• If aliens visited your country, what might surprise them?
• What is the best/most important thing your culture has given to the world?
• What is the best/most important thing your culture/country has adopted from another culture?
• What are some things that define a culture? For example, music, language, …

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