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  • Welcome to the University of Southern California.

  • Let's learn about the U.S. classroom.

  • At the beginning of each semester, the professor will review his or her syllabus with you.

  • The syllabus is your guide to the course.

  • This is how the professor will introduce classroom expectations, including classroom etiquette,

  • book lists, campus resources, office hours, and a schedule for readings, assignments,

  • and exams.

  • Remember that it's important to ask questions, even about the syllabus, since these will

  • be the rules of the class.

  • Many professors prefer to be called by their first name.

  • If you are unsure how to address your professor, feel free to ask.

  • They will often tell you what they prefer, early in the semester.

  • But it's always safe to say, "Professor."

  • Sometimes, professors will have a hard time pronouncing names.

  • Feel free to kindly correct them, or share your preferred name.

  • U.S. classrooms tend to be very interactive.

  • Professors will often ask the class questions, to help you think through the information.

  • This doesn't mean that they don't know the answer.

  • Professors also like to know how different people understand the material.

  • So, they may ask the same question to multiple people in the class.

  • This difference in opinion can help to increase discussions, and clarify the topic.

  • It is very important to actively participate in the discussions in a U.S. classroom.

  • Remember to ask questions in class.

  • By raising your hand, your professor will know to call on you.

  • Classroom topics will make more sense if you understand them during the lecture.

  • When reading homework for class, remember to take notes.

  • And write down some questions that you may want to ask in class.

  • Others may have the same questions that you do.

  • Many students will use a laptop to take notes during class.

  • Most professors are okay with this, as long as you aren't on outside websites.

  • Usually, it is okay for you to use an audio recorder to record the lecture.

  • If you are unsure, feel free to ask the instructor while the syllabus is being reviewed. Or,

  • you can ask before or after class.

  • It's very common in the classroom for you to work in groups.

  • Groups -- or teams -- mirror working in the real world.

  • This is also a great way to meet your classmates and practice your language skills.

  • Often, classes will have discussion or "lab sections" that are led by teaching assistants.

  • Teaching assistants are often graduate students who know the subject of the class very well.

  • They should be treated with just as much respect as your professor.

  • In general, it is best to ask all of your questions about topics during class, so you

  • understand right away.

  • If you didn't get a question answered during class, try to talk to your professor at the

  • end of class.

  • Especially if you are confused about requirements and you need clarification.

  • Be sure to ask if they have time to talk.

  • The professor will typically have office hours available, when you can ask questions in private.

  • Use these hours to clarify concepts, homework, or test questions.

  • Or, to let your instructor know about any personal problems that may be affecting your

  • class performance.

  • You can also use this time to ask your professor academic or career advice.

  • Professors typically enjoy having you ask questions, and are interested in your learning

  • process.

  • Conversations can be casual, and may stray from academic topics to learn more about your

  • interests or hobbies.

  • This is used to make positive impressions, and help the professor remember you.

Welcome to the University of Southern California.

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アメリカでの生活。 フォーマルな教室文化 (Living in the US: Formal Classroom Culture)

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