Importance of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

1069 WordsDec 25, 20095 Pages
Seven years ago I was a member of a group composed of 17 international students for whom English is a second language. The purpose of this group was to improve language proficiency in order to reach specific academic and personal goals. A second purpose was to introduce participants to the lifestyles, attitudes, customs and traditions which are characteristic of Americans. In addition to learning about life in the United States, students also attempted to analyze it. Why is the divorce rate so high? Why do so many American mothers work? Why is there racial tension in the USA? Why do so many adults attend school? These are some of the questions that we wondered about and discussed. Together with my classmates, we studied not only how…show more content…
Additionally, almost all students experienced culture shock and homesickness to some degree. That often occurs within a few weeks or months after arrival and may happen more than once, recurring months or years later. Students who once longed to come to the United Stated could be disappointed that their life here doesn’t measure up to their dreams or expectations. Those who have family members remaining in their native country or who did not wish to come to the Un ited States in the first place could find themselves constantly longing to return “home”and unable to embrace a new culture and lifestyle. In my opinion, these students will never learn English well enough as there is an underlying rejection of their whole United States experience. Members of this class (including me) were aware that learning English is not easy. They all worked very hard to develop the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in order to achieve higher academic degrees. Being a member of this class also helped them to feel more comfortable in the American culture. While many of those students will not reach the level of self-actualization, nurturing all of the students as they make their way along the Maslow Hierarchy can enable them to reach their own varying level of success. Maslow indicated that each person has his or her own desires required to reach
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