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Title:International Students' Acclimation to the University of Illiniois Greek Life
Author(s):Damlos, Amanda; Mortensen, Jenna
Subject(s):Greek life, Acclimation, International Students
Abstract:When researching Englishes at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, we researched the question: How does being a non-native English speaker from a predominantly non-English speaking country, effect a students' acclimation to a University of Illinois National Honors Fraternity? Because there are so many international students on this campus, it is important to understand their experiences in adjusting to American university life. As members of a University of Illinois National Honors Fraternity that requires a 3.0 GPA and is based on scholarship, leadership, and fellowship, we have noticed that the number of non-native English speaking students whom express interest is significantly lower than that of American students. Because of this disparity, we researched this topic through a series of four interviews, observations of two initiate meetings and by conducting secondary research in order to understand where the heart of this problem truly lies.
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:ENGL401 Spring 2011: Introduction to the Story of the English Language
Professor Catherine Viera
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-19

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