Journal article

International Student Security and English Language Proficiency

Erlenawati Sawir, Simon Marginson, Helen Forbes-Mewett, Chris Nyland, Gaby Ramia

JOURNAL OF STUDIES IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2012

Abstract

"International student security" refers to the international student's maintenance of a stable capacity for self-determining human agency. The article focuses on the role of English-language proficiency in the security of students from English as Foreign Language countries, drawing on evidence from a program of semistructured interviews with 200 international students. The interviews show that language proficiency is a pervasive factor in the human security of the international students in all domains inside and outside the classroom. There is a strong link between language proficiency and the capacity for active human agency. Both findings confirm prior research literature. The article conc..

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