Then, read this article: What is Cultural Awareness? How Do I Build It?
You will never perfectly adjust to life in a foreign culture, but that’s ok, you going into this with clear perspective will allow you the to be flexible when things get hard. If you’re in China (and consequently behind their firewall), watch this video in Youku.
Reverse Culture Shock
If you’re in China, watch this video in Youku.
Read this article on the stages of reverse culture shock: http://livewellucsdtravel.blogspot.com/2010/01/overcoming-reverse-culture-shock.html
Read a Book About the Country You’re Going To
If you’re already living in the country you intend to teach in, such as China, you can skip this section. If you are going to a country other than China, read a book written by someone who has taught English in the country you will be going to live. Here are some ideas:
Happy Time Go Fast: Invaluable Lessons from Teaching English Abroad By Wes Weston
When the Cherry Blossoms Fall: My Life as English Teacher in Japan By Kim Hozton
School Days in Thailand: Stories from the Heart By Larry Welch
Articles on Chinese Culture (for students planning to teach in China)
Even if you are already in China, please read the articles below so that in the following quiz you can comment on what you agree and disagree with and if there are any other aspects of Chinese culture that people new to China might benefit from knowing.