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Dr Alina SchartnerORCiD
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This mixed-method study tracked social interaction and adaptation among 20 international postgraduates on a 1-year programme in the UK, examining assumptions that language proficiency and interactional engagement directly underpin sociocultural adaptation. Participants remained frustrated by a perceived ‘threshold’ barring successful interaction with English speakers, while reporting reluctance to take up available opportunities, independent of language proficiency and sociocultural adaptation. We challenge linear models of adaptation and call for assistance to international students in crossing the threshold to successful interaction.
Author(s): Wright C, Schartner A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Research in International Education
Print publication date: 01/08/2013
Online publication date: 28/06/2013
Date deposited: 14/07/2016
ISSN (print): 1475-2409
ISSN (electronic): 1741-2943
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
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