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Language difficulties of international students in Australia: The effects of prior learning experience


Erlenawati Sawir 
Education Faculty, Monash University, Australia 
erlenawati@education.monash.edu.au

 

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Abstract

Globalisation has placed a growing importance on English language speaking and listening. Prior research indicates that many international students from Asia, studying in Australia, face serious learning difficulties and lack confidence in speaking and taking a proactive role in classrooms. The paper reports on data gathered in interviews with students from five Asian nations, which suggest that these learning difficulties are grounded in weaknesses in students' prior learning experiences - focused on grammar and reading skills in teacher-centred classrooms, not conversational skills - and in beliefs about language learning instilled during schooling. The paper proposes strategies for overcoming these problems. 

International students, international market, English as a foreign language, beliefs about learning, conversational skills

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Sawir, E. (2005) Language difficulties of international students in Australia: The effects of prior learning experience. International Education Journal, 6 (5), 567-580.
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