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In this paper I first report on research on what it means to be a Thai student at a mid-sized (14,000 student) American university. Areas of inquiry concern how Thai students perceive academic work (reading, texts, comprehending lectures, taking exams, talking in class, using the library, and writing papers) and the processes many Thai students go through in adjusting to life in a culture where behaviors and values are quite different from those in Thailand. In the second part of this paper I give suggestions for educators in Thailand as to how they can provide opportunities for Thai students to be prepared for the academic and cultural adjustments needed to be successful at an American university. Finally, I present references to recommended readings, texts, and activities relevant to the teaching of academic skills and cultural awareness.



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