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ERIC Number: EJ896874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0160-5429
Linguistic and Cultural Factors in East Asian Students' Oral Participation in U.S. University Classrooms
Lee, Ee Lin
International Education, v36 n2 p29-47 Spr 2007
Since the 1950s, the United States education system has undergone a dramatic demographic shift characterized by a continuing increase in the cultural diversification of the student population. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 1999-2000 international students from East Asia (i.e., China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan) constituted 35% out of the total of 514,723 international students. In the classroom, instructors often strive to facilitate the incorporation of international students' knowledge and perspectives into instruction to enhance the communicative and educational experiences of all students. Studies reported that there are different factors associated with international students' oral participation in U.S. university classrooms, such as classroom discourse, learning and teaching styles. An aspect that is not extensively researched and that merits attention of scholars is the study of both linguistic and cultural factors in nonnative speakers' oral communication. Thus, the purpose of this study is to examine linguistic and cultural factors that contribute to East Asian students' (EAS) different levels of oral participation in U.S. university classrooms. (Contains 3 tables.)
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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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