Language difficulties and cultural challenges of international students in an Australian university preparation program

Park, Sang-Soon and Son, Jeong-Bae (2011) Language difficulties and cultural challenges of international students in an Australian university preparation program. In: Language, culture and social connectedness. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, pp. 35-55. ISBN 978-1-4438-2992-2

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While studying in a new educational environment in a foreign country, students from non-English speaking backgrounds experience various English language problems and cultural differences. Previous studies indicate that linguistic and cultural variations seem to be a problem that comes about reciprocally. They also point out that the question of how to adapt to transitional changes in new styles of learning and communication needs to be answered in diverse contexts. The study reported in this chapter investigates language and cultural barriers faced by international students in an Australian university preparation program. It looks at English language and cross-cultural difficulties of university preparation program students and the ways in which they deal with those difficulties in order to continue their studies. It also discusses possible ways of assisting the students for their further studies in undergraduate or postgraduate degree programs at Australian universities.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 02:42
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2017 06:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: language difficulties; cultural differences; english as a second language; international students; Australian university preparation programs; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development

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