Mastering The (Uni)versal Language

Australian English – a Linguistic Challenge for International Students in Australia

Australian English – a Linguistic Challenge for International Students in Australia

 

The experience of studying abroad is – to international students – supposedly and saliently an active process of self-formation in which the student oscillates between two adaptive strategies known as multiplicity (consciously switching between different selves corresponding to different settings) and hybridity (synthesizing multiple cultural identities into one newly formed self) (Marginson 2012, p.). However, in reality, the experience is hardly fluid, as a great many international students are immediately faced with the dreadful language barriers on their arrival in Australia. Continue reading “Mastering The (Uni)versal Language”