Journal article

Sinking or swimming?

Kristina Love, Sophie Arkoudis

Australian Review of Applied Linguistics | John Benjamins Publishing Company | Published : 2004

Abstract

Abstract In this paper we examine the academic and language learning needs of Chinese international students preparing for high stakes examinations in an independent secondary school in Melbourne, Australia. We argue that the needs of these secondary students and their teachers are different from those of their tertiary counterparts, yet have received almost negligible research attention by comparison. We focus on Commerce/Economics subjects as those which many Chinese students seek to study at university, but which present particular challenges for them at school level. In particular, we analyse the linguistic and academic demands of one examination paper in this subject..

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