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 at all. 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:… Read more Chinese students and English names
The 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 available online.
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… Read more IELTS score and vocabulary size
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. Source: Liam Francis Walsh
The 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… Read more Journal of International Students