Teaching international students in English: a matter of culture

Jane Mattisson

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    There is a growing interest in learning in the multicultural classroom. More and more universities offer a wide variety of programmes and courses in English. It is important to understand the influence of cultural factors on student performance in the multicultural classroom. This article discusses the writer’s experience of teaching an intercultural communication course at Kristianstad University College, Sweden. It also presents an in-service course, “Teaching in English”, for lecturers and teachers whose mother tongue is not English. The second half of the article focuses on Chinese postgraduates and discusses the cultural factors affecting their performance in writing classes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)165-178
    Number of pages13
    JournalPorta Linguarum
    Issue number13
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Pedagogy (50301)


    • academic writing
    • cultural influence
    • multicultural
    • socio-educational


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