I have a grad student who is undertaking a small research project on "The problems that intenational students encounter in communicating effectively in a North-American post-secondary educational system." He himself is Chinese and he will be interviewing a few other international students at our university about the communication problems they have faced and strategies they have used in their academic work here.
This project is being completed as part of a course on writing in the disciplines, in which we have looked a lot at issues about communciating effectively across and within disciplines in a general way, but not specifically in relation to international and/or second (or third or fourth . . .) language students.
Can anybody recommend articles or books that address, either in practical or theoretical terms, this dimension of academic enculturation?
Many thanks for your help,
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