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ERIC Number: EJ847935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
Learning to Live and Study in Canada: Stories of Four EFL Learners from China
Li, Yi
TESL Canada Journal, v22 n1 p25-43 Win 2004
During the past five years, an increasing number of younger international students from mainland China have appeared on Canadian campuses to pursue their first university degrees. What is it like being a international student studying in a foreign language and culture at such a young age? Through narrative inquiry (Clandinin & Connelly, 2000), the study reported here examines the transitional experiences of four female high school students from mainland China as they moved from a Chinese high school to a Canadian high school and later to a Canadian university. The study attempts to record and understand the challenges these students must face in order to live and study in English in a vastly different educational, cultural, and social milieu. The study also offers insights into how these international students, as well as many recent immigrant ESL students, can be better supported during their adaptation process in Canada.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; China