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Supporting International Students' Transition: Have a Chat

Woodley, Carolyn and Meredith, CaAtherine (2011) Supporting International Students' Transition: Have a Chat. In: 14th Pacific Rim FYHE Conference 2011 : Design for Student Success. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

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Abstract

This paper will re port on recent ac tivities in the Faculty of Bu siness and Law in Victoria University (VU), Australia, t hat support the transition of internati onal students many of whom have learnt English as a foreign language in a highly formal setting and who often have limited opportun ities to speak to domestic students in a social setting. The central purpose of the Faculty’ s activities is to e ngage international studen ts in extra-curricular programs that aim to improve their English proficiency, in crease their c onfidence and provide a common space for domes tic and international students to interact. Social, cultural and linguistic support be yond the classroom is necessary for academic success and a positive educational experience. This paper particularly focuses on th e Faculty’s “Have a Chat” program run by the Tr ansition officer and disc usses what happens, w ho participates and, most importantly, what international students have to say about it. ---Conference held: Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, 28 June-1 July 2011

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 9781921897047
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID24447, FoBL, Faculty of Business and Law, VU, Victoria University, attrition, English proficiency, international students, internationalising the curriculum, Melbourne, Facebook, social media, social networking
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
SEO Classification > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2013 01:10
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 01:10
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9689
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