Impact of English Proficiency on Academic Performance of International Students

  • Nara M. Martirosyan Sam Houston State University, United States
  • Eunjin Hwang Sam Houston State University, United States
  • Reubenson Wanjohi Grambling State University, United States
Keywords: international students, self-perceived English profriciency, multilingualism, academic performance

Abstract

Using an ex-post facto, non-experimental approach, this research examined the impact of English language proficiency and multilingualism on the academic performance of international students enrolled in a four-year university located in north central Louisiana in the United States. Data were collected through a self-reported questionnaire from 59 students who were in their sophomore, junior or senior year of college. Statistical analyses revealed significant differences in language proficiency and multilingualism in relation to academic performance. The highest mean GPA was evident among students who had reported high levels of self-perceived English language proficiency, and among students who spoke at least three languages.

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Author Biographies

Nara M. Martirosyan, Sam Houston State University, United States

NARA M. MARTIROSYAN is an Assistant Professor in the Developmental Education Administration Doctoral Program at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

Eunjin Hwang, Sam Houston State University, United States

EUNJIN HWANG is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership andCounseling at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. 

Reubenson Wanjohi, Grambling State University, United States

REUBENSON WANJOHI is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisianan.

Published
2015-01-01
How to Cite
Martirosyan, N. M., Hwang, E., & Wanjohi, R. (2015). Impact of English Proficiency on Academic Performance of International Students. Journal of International Students, 5(1), 60-71. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/443
Section
Research Articles