Intensifying Awareness and Adaptation to Internationalizing and Acculturation of Cross-cultural Encounters from School to Work

By: Liton Furukawa  

With the growing population of international students changing the demographics in Canada, and the dramatic increase of internationalization in the academy as a part of the Canadian present and future, the federal government offers a new category which is the Canadian Experience Class of immigration to assist a certain number of graduates. The transition from school to work is crucial for the international students who wish to apply as a skilled work under the Canadian Experience Class. However, research and projects focusing on school-to-work programs emphasizing cross-cultural adaptation are lacking. Therefore, this paper summarizes and extends prior research by anthropologists, business consultants, and educators, investigating the effects on foreign individuals interacting with others during the learning curve and in working contexts within the period of transition from school to workplace. This research concerns not only the “toward land”, but also the “on land” international student; it aims to investigate the main causes of international students’ difficulties in cross-cultural adaptation during school-to-work transitions in Canadian contexts. The initial stage of cross-cultural transition involves international students relocating to a new environment; second, their education does not entirely prepare them when they complete a degree in Canada and are then employed at a Canadian workplace. Thus, this 2nd level of cross-cultural adaptation from school to work needs to be explored and studied. Presenting diverse conceptualizations of research and social construction theory lays the groundwork for the subsequent articulation of this interdisciplinary research project.

School-to-work, International Students, Cross-cultural Adaptation, Social Construction Theory
Organizational Cultures
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Liton Furukawa

Ph.D. Researcher, Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University, Canada

Liton has extensive teaching and training experience in language courses and online courses through Moodle and intensive classroom interaction during the time that her research interest in ' CALL literacies ' emerged. Therefore, Liton designed educational software - English Phonetic Training System (EPTS). Meanwhile, Liton infused concepts of art to enhance the confidence of foreign language learners. Liton consistently published research papers and projects on topics regarding the areas of curriculum and instruction, language and literacy, educational technology and leadership studies; a notable example of her work is entitled - Intercultural Education and Training of School-to-Work Transition Curriculum and Teaching Strategies - which is the only one initially representing Canada selecting from all around world from this original project and conducted a book as well as lectured as a public speech in France. Academic life leads Liton towards her professional career goal as an International Program Manager at a Canadian educational establishment in terms of her language abilities, teaching and researching experience.