'I felt that I do live in the UK now'

international students' self-reports of their English language speaking experiences on a pre-sessional programme

F. Copland, S. Garton

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Abstract

This article focuses on the English language experiences of a group of pre-sessional students, an under-represented group in the literature on language and education. In particular, it investigates the opportunities that such students have to use English outside the classroom, shown to be a key factor in student satisfaction with their study abroad experience. Drawing on data from questionnaires, interviews and on-line diaries, we show that students have a variety of opportunities to use English; however, these opportunities may require students to engage in complex negotiations right from the beginning of their sojourn in the UK. Micro-analysis of the data shows that agency is a key construct in understanding students' representations of their English encounters as they begin their lives in the UK. The article concludes with some suggestions as to how pre-sessional courses may develop students' linguistic and socio-cultural skills in order that they may interact successfully in English outside the classroom.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-255
Number of pages15
JournalLanguage and Education
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2011

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Bibliographical note

This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the Language and Education © 2011 Taylor & Francis; Language and Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0950-0782&volume=25&issue=3&spage=241

Keywords

  • agency
  • intercultural communication
  • language learning
  • second language acquisition
  • international students
  • pre-sessional programmes

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