Problems Chinese international students face during academic adaptation in English-speaking higher institutions




Yang, Chunling

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The current research presents a review of literature that addresses issues Chinese international students face while adapting to English academic communities. The main problems, including language difficulties and challenges with pedagogy, suggest many Chinese students are not well-prepared in terms of English language proficiency and knowledge of host academic cultures before they begin programs. The findings of this review shed light on understanding these difficulties and have practical implications for English language teachers in China as well as for educators in host academic communities. Moreover, insights into these academic adaptation issues may help future Chinese students prepare more effectively in advance of studying abroad, as well as provide international student program planners and support teaching staff in host universities with insightful information about effectively supporting international students.



Chinese students, difficulties, English-speaking, higher education