Many ESL teachers will experience some degree of culture shock. Oxford Seminars has outlined many of the symptoms of culture shock and some easy ways to overcome it.
Culture Shock is the physical and emotional discomfort one suffers when living in another country. Most likely, everyone will go through some degree of culture shock. It is a natural process. The recognizable stages of culture shock are:
The Honeymoon Stage
Everything is new and exciting and one feels as though he/she is on vacation.
The Hostility Stage
One starts to have problems in the host country and therefore starts to criticize the culture. This happens when a person is trying to adapt to a new culture. Things are no longer new and exciting.
The Depression Stage
Your negative feelings reach a climax and one feels lonely and negative. Boredom sets in and working full-time becomes very difficult and one doesn’t want to be involved in the community. The transitions between old methods and new ones can take time.
The Acceptance Stage
One realizes the good and the bad about the culture. One starts to become more comfortable and makes friends as the understanding of the new culture begins. Depending on the person, this stage usually occurs four or five months after living in a new culture.
These stages present themselves at different times and everyone reacts differently to them. Some stages will be longer than others.