Presentation 3

Studying a foreign language in a foreign language: International student voices at the Foreign Languages Centre of the University of Bath

Ms Isabella Stefanutti,
Department of European Studies and Modern Languages
Foreign Languages Centre, University of Bath

Many students of the Foreign Languages Centre at the University of Bath do not have English as a mother tongue. International students that are coping with a demanding undergraduate or postgraduate course in English do not seem to be the most obvious attendees of foreign language classes. Yet, looking at the Community Courses enrolments in the past academic year 2009-2010, international students represented almost ¾ of the students registered.

Each international student has his or her personal reasons to learn an additional foreign language. However, one can question whether there are common reasons that could explain this occurrence.

This presentation aims to find these common reasons, if they exist.  Data has been collected by a quantitative study and has been matched with migration theories, with the purpose of finding this common link.


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