eCite Digital Repository

Language shock: A challenge to language learning


Fan, S, Language shock: A challenge to language learning, Internet Journal of Language, Culture and Society, 2, (31) pp. 42 - 51. ISSN 1327-774X (2010) [Refereed Article]

Restricted - Request a copy

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2010 LSC

Official URL:


As a result of globalisation and the development of technology, the number of population travelling and studying abroad is increasing dramatically, especially within some English speaking countries, such as America, Canada and Australia. Asian countries, however, have always been the main source of international students. Due to the significant differences in cultures and languages, these students confront challenges and obstacles in both university mainstream lectures and language classrooms. This paper reports a recent study which investigates the understanding and experiences of ten Asian background students in relation to language shocks. It involves the participation of ten Asian background students from the TESOL (Teaching English to the Speakers of Other Languages) program in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania. Semi-structured interviews and focus group meetings were organised to gather the live experience of these students. The results indicate that the differences in cultures and language indeed have an impact on these Asian background studentsí English language learning/teaching. However, these "shocks" can be transformed into a motivation of learning. Also, teachers and the university are expected to take an active role in preparing their students in overcoming of culture and language shocks and the development of positive attitude towards English language learning.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:language shock, culture shock, English language learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fan, S (Dr Frances Fan)
ID Code:75931
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2012-02-21
Last Modified:2014-11-25
Downloads:20 View Download Statistics

Repository Staff Only: item control page