Exploring the experiences of speakers-of-English-as-an-other-language at Memorial University

Wicks, Jennifer M. (2004) Exploring the experiences of speakers-of-English-as-an-other-language at Memorial University. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study presents a qualitative exploration of the experiences of Speakers-of-English-as-an-Other-Language (SEOLs) at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (MUN). SEOLs represent a unique community of students who have not necessarily been included in research involving international students. This study's categorization of SEOLs seeks to include Canadian students whose first language is not English, thereby focusing on linguistic and cultural issues. Through the use of multiple in-depth interviews and journals, six participants contributed narrative accounts of their experiences. Utilizing a constructivist framework and postmodern critiques of existing literature, the complexities of language and culture for SEOLs in higher education were explored. Participants' experiences demonstrate the multifaceted nature of language learning and a range of issues relating specifically to the English language. Implications for the university and surrounding community, and recommendations for further research in this area are provided.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/9938
Item ID: 9938
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 194-205.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2004
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: English language--Study and teaching--Activity programs--Newfoundland and Labrador--St. John's; English language--Study and teaching--Newfoundland and Labrador--St. John's--Foreign speakers; Language and culture--Newfoundland and Labrador--St. John's.

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