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

Arkoudis, Sophie and Tran, Ly Thi 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, Sophie
Tran, Ly Thi
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of education
Volume number 27
Issue number 2
Start page 157
End page 169
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-07
ISSN 0218-8791
1742-6855
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2007
Copyright notice ©2007, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055943

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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