Challenges Facing Asian International Graduate Students in the US: Pedagogical Considerations in Higher Education

  • Shu-Yuan Lin Idaho State University, United States
  • Susan Day Scherz Idaho State University, United States
Keywords: cultural challenges, cultural responsiveness, international students, learner-centered approach, linguistic challenges, scaffolding

Abstract

Non-Native English Speaking (NNES) international students attending colleges and universities in the United States often encounter difficulties in adjusting to their new cultural environment. In addition, they often struggle with academic language while learning the content and conceptual structures of various graduate level disciplines. This phenomenological study identified cultural and linguistic challenges experienced by NNES Asian international graduate students at a mediumsized rural university in the northwestern United States. A pedagogical framework and recommendations for professional practice address the linguistic, cultural, and academic needs of this particular student population in higher education.

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Author Biographies

Shu-Yuan Lin, Idaho State University, United States

Dr. Shu-Yuan Lin’s current research interests are focused on English as a second/foreign language instruction, standards-based teacher assessments, technology integration in K-20 instruction, cultural and linguistic diversity in education, with a focus also on teacher education applications.

Susan Day Scherz, Idaho State University, United States

Dr. Susan Scherz currently works as an education consultant and school board trainer in Idaho. She has also taught educational leadership courses in higher education. Her background includes teaching English as a second language and working with culturally and linguistic diverse students in public schools as well as higher education. 

Published
2014-01-01
How to Cite
Lin, S.-Y., & Scherz, S. D. (2014). Challenges Facing Asian International Graduate Students in the US: Pedagogical Considerations in Higher Education. Journal of International Students, 4(1), 16-33. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/494
Section
Research Articles