This is a really useful and comprehensive guide for Chinese students about the essential academic skills needed for successful study in higher education in the UK. It covers all skill areas as well as general information for Chinese students new to the UK academic environment.
Chapter 2: Developing your Academic English Skills
Developing your Academic English Skills
We know, from our experience of teaching many Chinese students for many years, that your biggest study challenge in the UK will be the English language, particularly more advanced ‘academic’ English, which is more complicated than general English.
The main problems with English will be:
writing ‘academic’ English;
listening to and understanding academic English;
talking with your tutors and other students;
understanding different English accents.
For all of us, our language and our culture affect the way that we think to some extent, so that people from different cultures often think differently about many aspects of the world. Most tutors and international students in the UK do not speak any Chinese, and may not have visited China and experienced its culture. ...