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Language difficulties of international students in Australia : the effects of prior learning experience

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Erlenawati SawirErlenawati Sawir
Globalisation has placed a growing importance on English language speaking and listening. Prior research indicates that many international students from Asia, studying in Australia, face serious learning difficulties and lack confidence in speaking and taking a proactive role in classrooms. The paper reports on data gathered in interviews with students from five Asian nations, which suggest that these learning difficulties are grounded in weaknesses in students’ prior learning experiences – focused on grammar and reading skills in teacher-centred classrooms, not conversational skills – and in beliefs about language learning instilled during schooling. The paper proposes strategies for overcoming these problems.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

6

Issue

5

Start Page

567

End Page

580

Number of Pages

14

ISSN

1443-1475

Location

Australia

Publisher

Flinders University Institute of International Education

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Monash University;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International education journal.