International Student Support

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The research on which this report is based concentrates on international students from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who are currently enrolled on programmes that focus on teaching the English Language. International students enrich the learning process by sharing cultural norms and life experiences, differing communication styles and distinct learning styles (Violet and Ang 1998, Purdie 2000, Baron and Strout-Dapaz 2001, Cameron and Meade 2003); however, the students from UAE are failing to enrich the learning process for themselves due to the language barrier.


This research demonstrated that students from United Arab Emirates had little choice or input in the choice of course and college, and this affected the ability to motivate themselves for the course. Some of these students probably have no interest in learning English, and the research shows that there is a preference to learn more practical subjects such as engineering as they would be immediately useful in their home country. . The students from the United Arab Emirates are also restricted by their respective armies in terms of movement, and this restricts their ability to integrate with other students. For instance, the other part-time students will have experienced similar processes from pre-arrival to induction and this process would have allowed them to construct relationships. ...
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