Arab Postgraduate Students in Malaysia: Identifying and Overcoming the Cultural And Language Barriers

Arab World English Journal, Volume.1 NO.1, PP107-129 2010

23 Pages Posted: 9 May 2016 Last revised: 12 Jun 2016

Date Written: October 15, 2010

Abstract

In recent times there has been a rapid increase in the number of Arab postgraduate students in Malaysian universities which typically expect international students to submit dissertations in English. Whilst these students often achieve good qualifications in their home country, many struggle with the cultural or social as well as academic adjustments to a foreign university, to a different culture and to the requirements of undertaking research and writing in a second or foreign language. This paper will investigate the particular cultural as well as language barriers which typically confront Arab students undertaking postgraduate study in Malaysia. As well as identity key challenges faced, it will inquire into the possible strategies for assisting students to more effectively engage with many of the larger cultural barriers and academic challenges faced in language proficiency issues. The paper will report on a study undertaken into the perceptions and experiences of Arab postgraduate students at five Malaysian Universities: UM, UTM, UKM UPM, and IIUM

Keywords: arab students, postgraduate, academic writing, culture, Malaysia, identifying, language barriers

Suggested Citation

Al-Zubaidi, Khairi Obaid and Rechards, Cameron, Arab Postgraduate Students in Malaysia: Identifying and Overcoming the Cultural And Language Barriers (October 15, 2010). Arab World English Journal, Volume.1 NO.1, PP107-129 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2777058 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2777058

Khairi Obaid Al-Zubaidi (Contact Author)

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) ( email )

81310 Sekolah Agama
Johor Bahru, Johor
Malaysia

Cameron Rechards

Perdana School ( email )

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