An International Graduate Student’s ESL Learning Experience Beyond the Classroom
AbstractInternational graduate students are coming in ever-growing numbers to English-speaking countries. Educators have long believed that the successful English-learning experience of these students in their home countries will naturally lead to success in their academic studies and social life abroad. However, this may be not true. Using my English-learning experiences as a basis for research, in this article I explore the role of target-language improvement in adaptation to new environments. Based on a supportive sociocultural theory of second-language acquisition, the article provides recommendations for assisting international graduate students, especially those from East Asia, to enhance their academic performance and quality of life in Canada.
How to Cite
Liu, L. (2012). An International Graduate Student’s ESL Learning Experience Beyond the Classroom. TESL Canada Journal, 29(1), 77-92. https://doi.org/10.18806/tesl.v29i1.1090