Challenges International Students Face Studying in the UK

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In the last two decades, there has been a significant improvement in education systems especially in developed countries resulted many students prefer to complete their study in these countries. Students who are non-native speakers will probably recognise some distinction in the way of education especially in writing. This essay will critically evaluate Linn (2009) argument about the differences between non-native students and native students, and illustrate that it is not one hundred percent true that foreign students have to learn a new method of thinking and writing in academic style when they decide to study in the UK. This will be assessed by focusing on six features of the UK academic writing which takes from the article. The first feature of the UK academic writing is that Kaplan (1996) cited in Linn (2009) argues that there are a number of organisational types in all writing language and that lead native speakers to know which style is better to use for academic writing. It can be argued that it is not totally true. Arabic style, on the whole, has the same basic organisation of writing which includes the introduction, body and conclusion. The differences possibly appear in the main body. For example, students write the main body as one paragraph instead of dividing it into several sections. The second feature of the UK academic writing is that Jordan (1997) cited in Linn (2009) states that foreign students are less likely to structure their writing very well. Linn argues is completely true. A great number of students who are non-native speakers find difficulty when they attempt to make a plan for their essay. For instance, on account of the fact that writing in English has a particular structure depending on the que... ... middle of paper ... ...d be argued that the statistics are untrustworthy as result of using small numbers of students and the numbers of students in each group are not the same. In conclusion, it seems that Linn have some arguments which are false and some of them are true, to put it simply, there is a different opinion for each argument. Consequently, foreign students should learn a new technique for thinking and writing when they choose United Kingdom for studying in academic environment. Linn’s article, on the whole, has some weakness points which are lack of example and using only one research to substantiate his argument. To address this problem it would be useful if the writer gave more examples to support his argument. Furthermore, if the research, which has been done by Sondek, contained large number of students rather than small number of students, it would be more reliable.

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