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Multicultural Infolit
Online - Medford
Subjects: United States; Schools and educational services; Communications & information management
Author: Badke, William
Date: Jan/Feb 2011
Start Page: 51
Pages: 3
Section: infolit land
Abstract (Document Summary)

There seems to be no downside to attracting overseas student applicants, except for the time some of them take to learn English well enough to attend classes and understand course material. Yet the idea that a little English as a second language training will resolve any remaining issues, sadly, is an illusion. In reality, the problems international students face are much more complex than merely learning English. Coming from an educational environment in which understanding and absorbing the indigenous knowledge-base defines success, international students are likely to turn any sort of informational research into, essentially, a compilation. English-language deficiencies affect international students' ability to perform effective online searches. They struggle with selecting terminology faceting searches with additional terminology or subject headings, and determining which results are relevant to the project they are working on. The challenge information literacy librarians are not yet addressing well is the considerable amount of work it takes to guide an international student into a Western educational philosophy.

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