Language and communication challenges and coping responses in international student pre- and post-pandemic experience. A qualitative cross-national study

Wei Lu, Michał Wilczewski*, Terry Mughan, Mary Vigier, Hélène Langinier, Paola Giuri, Sheila Puffer

*Tämän työn vastaava kirjoittaja

Tutkimustuotos: Artikkeli kirjassa/konferenssijulkaisussaConference article in proceedingsScientificvertaisarvioitu

Abstrakti

The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore language and communication challenges, and coping strategies of international students in various national and cultural contexts. We gathered rich experiential data through semi-structured narrative interviews with 61 students in Poland, Italy, France, and Finland in 2020. We used thematic and narrative analysis to investigate how students coped in terms of language and communication and made sense of their (intercultural) experiences in general, social, academic, and work contexts. We offer new contextualized data on how language (the language of instruction, host-language and English proficiency) and institutional and cultural environments determine student communication, socialization, integration, adaptation in academic and non-academic contexts, but also within different learning environments, as students related their experience during the transition from conventional to online learning, imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our results suggest that language matters in international student experience in all context studied. However, coping solutions developed vary across context. We discuss the findings in the light of international student and international business literature and offer practical implications to promote student coping.
AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
OtsikkoEURAM 2021
KustantajaEuropean Academy of Management (EURAM)
ISBN (elektroninen)978-2-9602195-3-1
TilaJulkaistu - 2022
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa
TapahtumaEuropean Academy of Management Annual Conference - Montréal, Kanada
Kesto: 16 kesäk. 202118 kesäk. 2021

Julkaisusarja

NimiEURAM conference
ISSN (painettu)2466-7498

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Academy of Management Annual Conference
LyhennettäEURAM
Maa/AlueKanada
KaupunkiMontréal
Ajanjakso16/06/202118/06/2021

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