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Article: Differing perspectives of non-native speaker students' linguistic experiences on higher degree courses

TitleDiffering perspectives of non-native speaker students' linguistic experiences on higher degree courses
Authors
Keywordshigher education
international students
linguistic challenges
non-native speakers
Issue Date2012
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/03054985.asp
Citation
Oxford Review Of Education, 2012, v. 38 n. 2, p. 209-230 How to Cite?
AbstractWe report a small-scale study investigating the perceptions of postgraduate students who are non-native speakers of English and those of academic staff with regard to those students. Previous research has focused only on the former and identified a number of linguistic and cultural challenges these students face in adapting to Anglophone institution environments. A sample of 43 students in one department at a Russell Group university were surveyed and a sub-sample interviewed. Six members of academic staff were interviewed and some observed in their teaching. Findings suggest that, despite the high linguistic admission requirements set by the university, this group of students faced a range of difficulties in all four language skills but particularly in skills needed for oral interaction in seminars. Students and staff provided differing accounts of the source of these difficulties and students expressed a desire for better integration with native speaker students. There were also differing accounts regarding the amount of linguistic support students should receive, particularly with regard to proofreading written work. The study suggests a need for further research of this comparative kind potentially leading to recommendations for additional support for students and staff development. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/161278
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.635
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.965
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dc.description.abstractWe report a small-scale study investigating the perceptions of postgraduate students who are non-native speakers of English and those of academic staff with regard to those students. Previous research has focused only on the former and identified a number of linguistic and cultural challenges these students face in adapting to Anglophone institution environments. A sample of 43 students in one department at a Russell Group university were surveyed and a sub-sample interviewed. Six members of academic staff were interviewed and some observed in their teaching. Findings suggest that, despite the high linguistic admission requirements set by the university, this group of students faced a range of difficulties in all four language skills but particularly in skills needed for oral interaction in seminars. Students and staff provided differing accounts of the source of these difficulties and students expressed a desire for better integration with native speaker students. There were also differing accounts regarding the amount of linguistic support students should receive, particularly with regard to proofreading written work. The study suggests a need for further research of this comparative kind potentially leading to recommendations for additional support for students and staff development. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.en_HK
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dc.subjecthigher educationen_HK
dc.subjectinternational studentsen_HK
dc.subjectlinguistic challengesen_HK
dc.subjectnon-native speakersen_HK
dc.titleDiffering perspectives of non-native speaker students' linguistic experiences on higher degree coursesen_HK
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