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Cultural sensitivity in any environment is an important and difficult issue. We've been living abroad for nearly three years, and at times, still struggle with being culturally sensitive. When we're tired, overwhelmed, feeling homesick, or feeling frustrated; it's very easy in those moments to lose sight of the fact that this is not our culture. Therefore, we can not always expect people to behave/act in ways that we deem appropriate. This will surely be something we will struggle with in the classroom as well. There are several areas in which cultural differences will most likely be evident. In the West, we are used to expressing our thoughts and opinions, whereas many students in other cultures are taught only to repeat information they learn in the classroom without adding their own creativity/thoughts to their answers. This could be frustrating for Western teachers, as we desire students to "show" that they've truly grasped a concept by putting it into their own words. Another area which could be difficult for us as Western teachers is in the concept of equality. We spoke with some TEFL teachers in Thailand who told us that during their first week at a new school they were asked by the native staff to tell the students which ones they thought