Social Distance, Langauge Barriers, Cultural Shock: Can Saudi Students Survive in New Zealand

October 22, 2008

This paper attempts to explore the perceptions of young Saudi students about New Zealand, their exceptions and how successfully they managed to cope with daily life issues. The principle objective of the study is to identify and analyse the ways that Saudi students use to deal with language challenges and in developing the mechanisms and skills required for copying with their new host communities.

The study was conducted to gather knowledge about the experience of a small group of Saudi students who are studying English at Lincoln University. Students were invited to participate in interviews which tool between 45 and 60 minutes, and their interaction with teachers, other Saudi and international students were observed and recorded too. 

 

 

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College of Architecture & Urban Design

Department of Urban Design

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