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ERIC Number: EJ926099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0039-8322
Students of the New Global Elite
Vandrick, Stephanie
TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, v45 n1 p160-169 Mar 2011
Universities in the United States and elsewhere are increasingly enrolling an elite group of international students who not only are able to pay the high tuition and other expenses of U.S.-based universities, but also are personally familiar with several countries and cultures. These students are part of a new global economic and cultural elite. They have lived, studied, and vacationed in various places throughout the world; they may carry passports or permanent visas from more than one country; their parents may have homes and businesses in more than one country; they may speak several languages; they have often been educated at Western high schools--frequently boarding schools--and colleges. In this article, the author focuses on students who are distinguished and defined by, first, having lived and studied in at least three countries; second, being affluent and privileged; and third, exhibiting a sense of global membership. Some of the contributing factors to the growth of this group are the increasingly wealthy upper class in some non-Western countries, increased ease of world travel, and increased freedom of female students to live and study far from home. For this group of students, the world is their home. They often feel somewhat untethered, belonging both everywhere and nowhere. The author calls these young people "students of the new global elite" (SONGEs). To shed further light on the characteristics of SONGEs, the author shares some of the results of her informal observations of, and interviews with, several students who can be placed in this category. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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