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Frank, Monica; Ilieva, Roumiana – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2015
The success of Canada's immigration policy is intrinsically tied to employment of an immigrant workforce. Teaching is the fourth largest profession among Canadian immigrants, yet immigrants whose occupations are in education are three times less likely to be employed in their matching profession. Failure to incorporate an immigrant workforce not…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Identity, Self Concept, Immigrants
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Cui, Xia – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2015
There is growing evidence that social interactions at work with local colleagues present a real challenge for Chinese immigrants to Australia (e.g. Tomazin, 2009; Zhou, Windsor, Coyer, & Theobald, 2010), often leaving them feeling defeated and despairing, and the Australians puzzled or affronted. Seeking to understand the nature, origin, and…
Descriptors: Asians, Immigrants, Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Communication
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Adrefiza; Jones, Jeremy F. – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2013
Studies on apologies have proliferated in pragmatics research, but little research has been conducted on apology responses (ARs). The present inquiry contributes to filling the gap in the literature, and it does so by examining such responses in two languages, Australian English (AE) and Bahasa Indonesia (BI). The study ultimately focuses on two…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Asians
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Salter, Claire – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2013
Speech pathology assessment within cross-cultural contexts, where the assessor and client differ in their cultural backgrounds, can create many challenges for assessment usage and implementation. With Australia being home to people from many cultures, this is a particular challenge for speech pathologists working in this country. This paper…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Geographic Regions, Speech Language Pathology
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Wigglesworth, Gillian; Billington, Rosey – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2013
There are now significant numbers of children who speak a language other than English when they enter the formal school system in Australia. Many of these children come from a language background that is entirely different from the school language. Many Indigenous children, however, come from creole-speaking backgrounds where their home language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Creoles, English (Second Language)
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Wigglesworth, Gillian; Simpson, Jane; Loakes, Deborah – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2011
The National Assessment Program--Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assessments are designed to assess literacy and numeracy of all Australian school children in years 3, 5, 7 and 9, and to act as diagnostics as to whether children are meeting intended educational outcomes. Tests began in May 2008, and have been run annually since then. Results of the…
Descriptors: Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, Indigenous Populations
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Eisenchlas, Susana A.; Tsurutani, Chiharu – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2011
Sociolinguistic research on attitudes towards language has revealed that native speakers of English are drawn towards those who share their native accent and respond cautiously, perhaps negatively, towards those speaking in "accented" English (Lambert, Hodgson, Gardner & Fillenbaum, 1960; Rubin, 1992). These perceptions greatly…
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Personality
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Bordia, Sarbari; Wales, Lynn; Gallois, Cindy; Pittam, Jeffery – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2008
Affective variables can help understand differences in student performance. This paper presents student expectations as an affective variable that has so far received little research attention. Students have expectations from educational providers, the fulfilment of which can create a positive learning environment leading to better performance.…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Social Values
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Yu, Baohua; Watkins, David A. – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2008
The present study investigates the relationships among motivational factors, cultural correlates and second language proficiency. The participants, from both Western and Asian backgrounds, were learning Chinese at university level in the People's Republic of China. 115 students (35 Western students and 80 Asian students) ranging from beginning to…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, College Students, Asians, Asian Culture
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Nakahara, Masumi; Black, Paul – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2007
Languages education, or what has been called the study of languages other than English (LOTE), seems to involve a paradox in Australia. It is supposed to promote cultural enrichment and intercultural understanding, and yet the process of becoming a qualified language teacher tends to be intolerant of the cultural differences of overseas born and…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Foreign Countries, Cultural Enrichment, English (Second Language)
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Slaughter, Yvette; Hajek, John – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2007
Primary school languages education continues to be a challenging issue for all states in Australia. In Victoria, LOTE study is provided at the primary level to address the needs of linguistically diverse communities, as well as to provide an enriching learning experience for monolingual speakers of English. The challenge remains to ensure that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Modern Language Curriculum, Elementary School Curriculum, Community Needs
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Gardner, Rod; Mushin, Ilana – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2007
Overlap in conversation is a well-established area of conversation analysis research (e.g. Jefferson 1983; Schegloff 2000) which can reveal how participants orient to transition relevance places. This paper presents an analysis of overlap in the mixed (Garrwa, Kriol and English) language conversations of two indigenous Australian women as part of…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, Females, Indigenous Populations, Dialogs (Language)
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Cordella, Marisa – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 1991
The speech act of apologizing in English between Chileans and Australians is examined in terms of the frequency, distribution, and function of apology-strategies. It is argued that positive politeness strategies are more frequently used in Spanish than English, and the sex of the apologizer and recipient must be considered. (41 references)…
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Cultural Differences, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Beal, Christine – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 1992
Describes typical differences in conversational routines in French and Australian English and kinds of tensions arising when speakers with two different sets of rules come into contact. Even simple questions contain a variety of assumptions ranging from whom it is suitable to ask to the kind of answer or the amount of detail that is expected. (13…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Wu, Siew-Mei – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 1995
Presents the case for the maintenance of Cantonese and Modern Standard Chinese in Australia. The article examines the numerical strength of the speakers, cultural dissimilarity between the dominant and minority groups, concentration of minority groups at focal points, interaction patterns of the minority group and change in Australian language…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Chinese, Cultural Differences, Ethnic Groups