Kim argues they are only hurting their communication skills and English language development by doing so. Of course they do it because they are most comfortable with people who speak their language and are from their culture.
“Since a lot of international students stick together without getting along with or meeting Americans, their English conversation skills don’t improve quickly or at all. Therefore, they are not able to create opportunities to experience new culture in the States.”
There is a lot of merit to what Kim says. I would also add that American born students are missing out on an opportunity as well–to learn from people from other countries and cultures. Its funny, students and most Americans love to travel to experience other countries and cultures. But when those countries and cultures come to America, they shy away.
Its a two way street. All of us would benefit from cross cultural communication.
Read the blog in the Iowa State Daily and let us know what you think.