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Focus on international students | L. Hawkes and L. Jin & M. Cortazzi (London, UK)
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
Tuesday 12 March
1800 - 2030 | British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2BN, London, UK
Psychosocial adjustment of international students in the UK
A necessary precursor to achieving linguistic fluency in a foreign language is the successful
acculturative integration of a student’s sense of self into the host culture of the respective L2.
Sociological and sociolinguistic research concerning the behaviour and experiences of international
students finds that the level of successful sociocultural adaptation that language learners experience
while abroad varies considerably, and that the extent to which students acculturate is a strong
predictor for not only L2 gains, but also reported feelings of overall wellbeing and self-efficacy.The
presenter will discuss in detail a descriptive case study carried out at at Queen Mary, University of
London, entitled 'Foreign students living and studying in London'.
Given the crucial role that positive acculturative experiences play in language acquisition, this is an
area that should be considered at an institutional level by all ESL/EAP course providers and
administrators. Moving beyond host families and social programmes, this presentation asks what can
be done to help foreign students feel a part of the country they are living in?
Cultures of learning:
What can we learn from international students?
Lixian Jin & Martin Cortazzi
With an increasing number of international students coming to study in Britain for the last decades,
apart from providing for their educational needs, British academics and educators have a duty to
understand the learning of their students, to care for their social, psychological and educational well-
being. More importantly British teachers – and students – should learn from international students who
have been successful learners in their own educational contexts. Arguably this is the next crucial step
in internationalization. Appreciating others’ cultures of learning may inspire further innovation in British
cultures of learning and teaching.
The presenters have been conducting research into cultures of learning for over 20 years, collecting
data from students and teachers of English in Britain, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia,
Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, using a number of research methods including more conventional uses of
questionnaires and interviews, observation, case studies and more innovative applications of narrative
and metaphor analyses and ethnographic interpretations of photos.
This presentation will discuss the key concepts of Cultures of Learning, give examples of
international student experience in ways of learning, perspectives on educational success and how
classroom behaviour and different expectations of learning and teaching can be taken for granted or
misunderstood with intercultural consequences. Using our research results and easy-to-follow, but
surprising examples, we hope to raise and develop intercultural awareness of learning and share
insights into teaching issues. We propose a model of cultural synergies: developing professionalism
and values in international contexts.
Who is this for?
All English Language teachers - EFL, ESOL, EAL, EAP - from newly qualified to experienced.
Students and researchers.
1800 – 1815 Welcome and refreshments
1815 – 1900 Psychosocial adjustment of international students in the uk with Lee Hawkes
1900 – 1915 Comfort break and refreshments
1915 – 2000 Cultures of learning with Lixian Jin & Martin Cortazzi
2000 – 2030 Networking reception
Every seminar is free of charge.
However places are limited.
The British Council Seminar Series takes place across the UK, including once a month in London. The seminars are intended to provoke debate and discussion on current issues in English Language teaching and can contribute to the continuing professional development of English Language teachers based in, or visiting, the United Kingdom.
Every seminar is free of charge and includes the opportunity to network with fellow ELT practitioners.
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