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ERIC Number: EJ855010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1475
Language Difficulties of International Students in Australia: The Effects of Prior Learning Experience
Sawir, Erlenawati
International Education Journal, v6 n5 p567-580 Dec 2005
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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