Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Lucinda A. Soltero-Gonzalez

Second Advisor

Guillermo Solano-Flores

Third Advisor

Kathy Escamilla

Abstract

This paper reports on an exploratory research study conducted about faculty perspectives of the struggles international students who are learners of English as a foreign language encounter at a U.S. university and the factors leading to their success. Semi-structured interviews with faculty and advisors revealed linguistic, cultural, academic, social, and personal struggles. Factors of success identified mirrored student struggles. Faculty and advisors also reported on recommendations for additional support services for students and institutional changes that should be made.

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