International Graduate Students’ Academic Writing Practices in Malaysia: Challenges and Solutions

  • Manjet Kaur Mehar Singh Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Keywords: international graduate students, academic writing practices, challenges, solutions

Abstract

This article focuses on the challenges faced by non-native English speaking international graduate students in their academic writing practices while they studied at a university in Malaysia as well as the solutions they employed when faced with the challenges. Academic Literacies Questionnaire was used to collect data. Based on 131 participants, the findings indicate that non-native English speaking international graduate students faced challenges in their academic writing practices in the instructional settings where English was used as a medium. In addition, the results revealed that some challenges those students face were mainly attributable to the fact that English in Malaysia is not the native or first language. This study suggests policies and programmes to meet the unique academic writing background needs of these students and ensure their academic success.

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Author Biography

Manjet Kaur Mehar Singh, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

MANJET KAUR MEHAR SINGH, PhD, is lecturer at the School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia. With more than 18 years of experience in the field of education as practitioner, researcher and lecturer, she is a member of numerous education associations. Her research interests include Teaching English as a Second Language, teaching and learning in higher education, academic literacies, and multiculturalism.

Published
2015-01-01
How to Cite
Mehar Singh, M. K. (2015). International Graduate Students’ Academic Writing Practices in Malaysia: Challenges and Solutions. Journal of International Students, 5(1), 12-22. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/439
Section
Research Articles