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ERIC Number: EJ871615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Cultural Factors Affecting Chinese ESL Students' Academic Learning
Huang, Jinyan; Brown, Kathleen
Education, v129 n4 p643-653 Sum 2009
Confucianism meets Constructivism in North American universities and our classrooms are failing to meet the educational expectations of Chinese students. Specifically, students from the People's Republic of China mentioned six areas where they feel discomfort: (a) They feel uncomfortable with the classroom behavior of North American students; (b) They question the value of a professorial focus on discussion rather than lecture; (c) They query the professor's failure to follow the textbook; (d) They feel there is too much emphasis on group work; (e) They note a lack of lecture summaries along with an apparent lack of organization; and (f) They share no common interests (e.g. sports, religion) with their North American counterparts. This paper discusses the cultural factors that affect Chinese students' academic learning at North American universities. It also provides implications for North American professors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North America