Be aware of the effects of cultural diversity as a teacher provides huge benefits. One of the authors said that the frequency and length of eye contact changes a lot from country to country, as does the times when eye contact is and isn’t considered suitable, one frequently misunderstood example is that East Asian students often close their eyes when concentrating. for native speakers, there might also be issues of differing reactions to your knowledge and use of the students’ L1 or lack of, the embarrassment at making mistakes and being corrected varies more from person to person than culture to culture, but general national characteristics can also be discerned etc. These are written by Alex Case, who is an author in online platform: TEFLtastic. In his article, “Important Cultural Differences in the Classroom,” he said that even though the character of two people in a country can be very various from the average personality in two different countries, having some opinions of how cultures change from each other can give teachers a beginning point in understanding at least. There are many cultural differences that may rise up among class or students. Alex Case mentioned also in his article many daily various topics about cultural differences and here is some of them: body language and gestures, dress, the teacher’s role, asking questions/saying you don’t understand, making mistakes and correction, status, gender roles, food and drink, taboo topics, eye contact, small talk, silence, writing styles, interrupting and directness.
While I am reading the Case’s article, I realize that something may not have the same meaning for everyone such as acts, thinks, believes etc.