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

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Park, Sang-Soon and Son, Jeong-Bae. 2011. "Language difficulties and cultural challenges of international students in an Australian university preparation program." Dashwood, Ann and Son, Jeong-Bae (ed.) Language, culture and social connectedness. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 35-55
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Language difficulties and cultural challenges of international students in an Australian university preparation program

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID1417
Book TitleLanguage, culture and social connectedness
AuthorsPark, Sang-Soon (Author) and Son, Jeong-Bae (Author)
EditorsDashwood, Ann and Son, Jeong-Bae
Page Range35-55
Chapter Number3
Number of Pages21
Year2011
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
ISBN9781443829922
Web Address (URL)http://www.cambridgescholars.com/language-culture-and-social-connectedness-16
Abstract

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.

Keywordslanguage difficulties; cultural differences; english as a second language; international students; Australian university preparation programs; higher education research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390108. LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
390303. Higher education
470108. Organisational, interpersonal and intercultural communication
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Byline AffiliationsEnglish Language Centre
Faculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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