Second Language Learning and Cultural Adaptation Processes in Graduate International Students in U.S. Universities

Second Language Learning and Cultural Adaptation Processes in Graduate International Students in U.S. Universities

By: Virginia Gonzalez (author)Paperback

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This project grew out of author Virginia Gonzalez's experiences as an international graduate student in the United States and her vested interest in mentoring international students and conducting ESL research. In Second Language Learning, Professor Gonzalez argues that there is a growing need for American educators who can better serve a diverse international student body. This book focuses on the major factors affecting international graduate students' successful cultural adaptation, which leads to higher levels of academic English language proficiency and academic achievement. Topics are discussed from a psychological viewpoint of the effects of social, cultural, cognitive, and linguistic factors on the adaptation process to a new social and academic environment: the American college culture. The book presents data-based and personal recommendations for international graduate students, administrators, and faculty at U.S. universities. Practical strategies recommended for helping international graduate students achieve a successful adaptation to the new academic and social environment are supported by literature, real-life examples, and group data derived from a survey research study representing students from different countries of origin, in different academic disciplines, and at different stages in their graduate studies.

About Author

Virginia Gonzalez is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Program in the College of Education at the University of Cincinnati. Professor Gonzalez holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has published extensively in the ESL and bilingual education areas.


Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Adaptation of International Graduate Students to the American College Culture: An Introduction Chapter 5 Cultural and Social Adaptation of International Graduate Students Chapter 6 Adapting to the Use of English-as-a-Second-Language in an Academic Environment Chapter 7 Affective Factors Influencing Learning and Academic Performance and Cultural Adaptation in Graduate International Students Chapter 8 Effect of Personality and Identity Factors on the Adaptation Process of International Graduate Students to the American College Culture Chapter 9 Tables Chapter 10 Epilogue Chapter 11 Index Chapter 12 About the Author

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780761827900
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9780761827900
  • weight: 326
  • ISBN10: 0761827900

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