A Case of Difficult Acculturation: A Chinese Student in a New Zealand University

  • Mingsheng Li


This study examines a number of cross-cultural communication issues facing a Chinese student (fictitiously called Xiong Quan) in academic acculturation. Through her voice, reflection and experience, the study offers some insights to the plight of Chinese students in the process of academic transition, including linguistic incompetence; cultural differences in classroom interaction; poor teacher-student relationships; lack of friendships, networking and knowledge of styles of social and interpersonal communication; and unfamiliarity with the assessment system, academic writing, academic discourses and genres.


International Student Team Project Chinese Student Pastoral Care Academic Support 
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