English and eLearning: Insights from incoming international exchange students at CUHK
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AbstractThroughout Asia, institutions of higher education are being asked to internationalize and substantially increase the number of non-local students on campus. To this end, many institutions are offering more courses in English, the de facto language of internationalization. To better understand the transition issues facing incoming international exchange students who are second-language speakers of English, a mixed-method study is being conducted at a Hong Kong university that now hosts 1,000+ semester and year-long international exchange students. As the University promotes interactive learning and eLearning (e.g., online Forums, flipped classrooms, group projects), the study is investigating how the exchange students are coping with the demands that are placed on them in English-medium courses. This presentation reports on the findings associated with 74 incoming semester-long international exchange students, all of whom are second-language speakers from other Asian countries or Europe. Through surveys and in-depth interviews, the participants divulged their academic sojourn experiences, pointing to the need for interventions to support their language/eLearning and academic integration. This presentation underscores the merits of undertaking a systematic needs analysis to provide direction for meaningful academic (e.g., English for Academic Purposes courses, workshops, orientations) and non-academic support (e.g., social activities that integrate local and international students). Research of this nature can benefit both local and international students, and faculty. (This project is supported by a Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant (TDLEG) from CUHK.)
Acceptance Date20/11/2017
All Author(s) ListJane Jackson, Tongle Sun
Name of ConferenceCUHK’s Teaching and Learning Innovation Expo 2017, Hong Kong
Start Date of Conference07/12/2017
End Date of Conference07/12/2017
Place of ConferenceThe Chinese University of Hong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
Proceedings TitleCUHK EXPO 2017
Year2017
Month12
Day7
Place of PublicationHong Kong
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordseLearning, English as a medium of instruction, internationalization, EAP, international exchange students, internationalization, second-language speakers, study abroad

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