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Learning in a different language : a multiple case study of Chinese graduate students' classroom experiences at University of Victoria

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dc.contributor.author Shi, Zihan
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-06T19:01:28Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-06T19:01:28Z
dc.date.copyright 2007 en
dc.date.issued 2010-04-06T19:01:28Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2463
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to illuminate and richly describe five Chinese graduate students' learning experiences in subject area classrooms in a Canadian university. Using a case study qualitative inquiry approach, the researcher conducted five individual interviews, one focus group interview and five follow-up interviews on five Chinese graduate students in the Spring 2007. The findings of the current study indicate that the participants encountered difficulty when they were learning in a Canadian university in a second language environment but also they enjoyed support at the same time. Different strategies that Chinese students employed to deal with the course work were reported. The findings also indicate that instructors played a major role in their learning process. When the instructors valued students' input and selected topics where Chinese students could contribute, students were eager to participate in classroom activities. Discussions and implications are included for both teachers and students in the field of second language learning and teaching and for university administration. In the Canadian classroom there is a need to address professional development to prepare the instructors in understanding learning experiences of second language learners. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject Second language en
dc.subject Foreign speakers en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Education::Education, Higher en
dc.title Learning in a different language : a multiple case study of Chinese graduate students' classroom experiences at University of Victoria en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Begoray, Deborah
dc.degree.department Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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