Learning and writing in a new academic culture : an investigation of a group of Taiwanese postgraduates at the University of Leicester
The main purpose of this study was to examine the problems that five Taiwanese postgraduate students faced in adapting to a British academic community and, more specifically, the learning and writing difficulties they encountered. Qualitative data from three interviews with each student and also one interview with British tutors were collected, and an examination of the standard feedback given by these students' tutors on their written work was conducted. In addition, some attention was paid to the students' structuring of their writing. The data overall illustrated the kinds of cultural and academic difficulties encountered by these subjects in adapting to the requirements of their Master's course.;The findings also showed that the five Taiwanese students brought to their studies different expectations of learning from those of their British tutors, and that both sides should be aware of such differences if they are to work successfully together in the British academic system.;A preliminary model of Taiwanese Students' Writing and Learning in the UK is proposed based on the findings of this study. It shows the interrelationship of the British academic culture, teachers' feedback, and students' writing and learning. Implications and directions for further research are also discussed.