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ERIC Number: EJ869430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0160-5429
Language and Academic Identity: A Study of the Experiences of Non-Native English Speaking International Students
Halic, Olivia; Greenberg, Katherine; Paulus, Trena
International Education, v38 n2 p73-93 Spr 2009
This phenomenological study explores the experiences of non-native English-speaking international students regarding language, culture and identity in the context of their graduate studies. Interviews were conducted with each of the eight participants. Interpretive analysis was used within a constructivist frame. The findings of this study are organized into four themes of the participants' experiences: Mastering the language: "You know you sound wrong", The meaning of language proficiency: "English is alive", Language and academic identity: "I feel I'm in-between", and joining a new community of practice: "You have to start all over again". Implications of the study suggest that language and cultural identity are central to the academic experience of non-native speakers. Recommendations emphasize the importance of learner-centered instructional design in addressing these needs. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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