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Cross-cultural adaptation of Thai students in Australia: A qualitative study


Foster, ST and Le, T and Fan, S, Cross-cultural adaptation of Thai students in Australia: A qualitative study, Linguistics and language education in new horizons: The link between theory, research and pedagogy, Nova Science Publishers, S Fan, T Le & Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 181-196. ISBN 978-1-63482-800-0 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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The aim of this chapter was to discover the difficulties confronted by Thai international students during their cross-cultural adaptation process in Australia and their coping strategies. A qualitative method was used for the study. Fourteen Thai international students were interviewed using a semi-structured interview technique. The findings indicate that psychological barriers, language difficulties and culture differences contribute to cross-cultural adaptation difficulties of Thai international students in Australia. To overcome the difficulties, these students employed the certain coping strategies, which are family support, acceptance and integration, and social support. The chapter suggests that educators can assist these students by understanding the importance of cultural differences so that they may support international students to be more productive in achieving their academic goals and adapt to their new cultural environment.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:cross-cultural adaptation, culture differences, cultural experiences, Thai students, Australian education institution, coping strategies
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Le, T (Dr Thao Le)
UTAS Author:Fan, S (Dr Frances Fan)
ID Code:102621
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-09-01
Last Modified:2017-11-20

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