Ronny Chieng: International Student is an Australian TV comedy series, first broadcast in 2017.
Malaysian comedian Ronny Chieng plays an international student at the University of Melbourne, which of course is nothing like UEA
You can watch
all six episodes on BoB.
Many Chinese students adopt English names while studying in English-speaking countries.
This article in Language, Culture and Curriculum explores why.
For example, when asked “Why do you use an English name?” (multiple responses allowed), students answered as follows:
English names are easier for teachers to remember: 71%
English names are easier for teachers to pronounce: 60%
My teacher expects me to have an English name: 15%
I think it is cool to have an English name: 5%
My classmates have English names, so I should too: 5%
An English teacher told me I must use an English name: 5%
Foundation Year Network is a group of people working in foundation year education. They hold an annual conference and have started a journal.
The first volume has been published and is
A study of 205 international foundation students concludes that overall IELTS score (OIS) “is not a good predictor of overall receptive vocabulary size. The data shows the relationship is particularly weak for Chinese students.”
Students with OIS scores as high as 6.5 and 7.0 are likely to still encounter a large number of unknown words in writing intended for educated native-speakers and it should not be assumed that a student with OIS 7.0 has no further need for acquiring language. Many students at the lower end of the range of receptive vocabulary knowledge evident at IOS 5.5 and 6.0 will face what is likely to be an insurmountable level of difficulty in reading authentic academic texts…
Drummond, A. (2018) ‘
Investigating the Relationship between IELTS Scores and Receptive Vocabulary Size‘, Journal of the Foundation Year Network, 1, pp.113-125.
A pet cone is usually worn by dogs or cats to stop them from licking or scratching their bodies while their injuries heal.
The cartoon suggests another possible use.
Liam Francis Walsh
Journal of International Students is published 4 times a year and can be read by everyone for free online.
The most recent issue (October 2018) includes these articles:
Stress-driven spending: correlates of international students’ adjustment strains and compulsive online buying
“They make no contribution!” versus “We should make friends with them!”—American domestic students’ perception of Chinese international students’ reticence and face
Influential factors in the college decision-making process for Chinese students studying in the U.S.
Hindsight is 20/20 vision: what international students wished they had known before coming to live and learn in Ireland.