Title

Facilitating International Students’ Academic and Social Success in Canada

Submitter and Co-author information

Li Ji, University of WindsorFollow

Standing

Graduate (Masters)

Type of Proposal

Visual Presentation

Challenges Theme

Building Viable, Healthy and Safe Communities

Faculty

Faculty of Education

Faculty Sponsor

Zuocheng Zhang

Abstract/Description of Original Work

One of the most common challenges for the growing number of Ontario’s international students is the language barriers they encounter. Though local agencies offer language support services, these are reserved for immigrants and refugees; thus, international students must find other options, and one of the most common is information and communication technology (ICT). For example, some students use smartphone applications (apps) or online resources and courses. However, though many of these tools prove effective to some degree, they are not uniformly effective. Thus, to understand which approaches are most effective and develop recommendations that will serve the needs of international students, the current study proposes using an experimental model that assesses the development of students’ language proficiency to determine the effectiveness of different ICT language tools. By having students complete pre- and post-tests prior to and before using various ICTs, the study seeks to determine which are most effective. The study will likewise host a focus group among the participants to determine what elements of each ICT support their language learning and which proved ineffective.

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I am not quite sure that the revised version of my proposal is clear on the research question and methodology. I wonder whether I need to conduct research or just propose the research idea that I will conduct in the future. If the conference aim is to show what I have found. I may think that I need to revise my proposal again.

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Facilitating International Students’ Academic and Social Success in Canada

One of the most common challenges for the growing number of Ontario’s international students is the language barriers they encounter. Though local agencies offer language support services, these are reserved for immigrants and refugees; thus, international students must find other options, and one of the most common is information and communication technology (ICT). For example, some students use smartphone applications (apps) or online resources and courses. However, though many of these tools prove effective to some degree, they are not uniformly effective. Thus, to understand which approaches are most effective and develop recommendations that will serve the needs of international students, the current study proposes using an experimental model that assesses the development of students’ language proficiency to determine the effectiveness of different ICT language tools. By having students complete pre- and post-tests prior to and before using various ICTs, the study seeks to determine which are most effective. The study will likewise host a focus group among the participants to determine what elements of each ICT support their language learning and which proved ineffective.