International students in Australia: Read ten thousand volumes of books and walk ten thousand miles

Arkoudis, S and Tran, L 2007, 'International students in Australia: Read ten thousand volumes of books and walk ten thousand miles', Asia Pacific Journal of Education, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 157-169.


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Title International students in Australia: Read ten thousand volumes of books and walk ten thousand miles
Author(s) Arkoudis, S
Tran, L
Year 2007
Journal name Asia Pacific Journal of Education
Volume number 27
Issue number 2
Start page 157
End page 169
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Abstract A number of international students, predominately from Asian countries, are present in universities in the UK, United States, and Australia. There is little research exploring their experiences as they negotiate the disciplinary requirements of their courses. This paper investigates students' agency as they write their first assignment for their Master's of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages course and the academics who teach them. Talk around texts and the positioning theory are used to analyse the data. It is argued that the students demonstrate strategic agency, which allows them to better understand the academic requirements of their disciplines. The analysis reveals the complexities involved in international students' adaptation to disciplinary discourse and the implications for teaching and learning in higher education. (Contains 1 figure.)
Subject Higher Education
Keyword(s) Foreign Countries
English (Second Language)
Second Language Instruction
Foreign Students
Asians
Student Experience
Student Adjustment
Language Teachers
Masters Programs
Graduate Students
College Faculty
Graduation Requirements
Academic Degrees
Academic Discourse
DOI - identifier 10.1080/02188790701378792
ISSN 0218-8791
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