One of the interesting aspects and challenges of teaching ESL is learning the cultural etiquette and customs of your students’ countries. These differences are useful to know and are very interesting. They are helpful to me. One common misunderstanding that I had was that some of my students would not look at me directly when I taught. I thought they were bored. I learned though, that in their culture, looking directly at the teacher or an older person was a sign of disrespect.
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