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Exploring the ESL experience for students at the university level.
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Infographic for Valentine’s Day: Love Idioms | ESL Library Blog

Infographic for Valentine’s Day: Love Idioms | ESL Library Blog | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it

Via Renee Maufroid, Niki Nistikaki
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Hey, Y’all: Southern Accents Voted Most Attractive | TIME.com

Hey, Y’all: Southern Accents Voted Most Attractive | TIME.com | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it
We're sure if "Valley Girl" was an option that like, totally would've won.
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Not very helpful to the project, but provides a ranking of most "attractive" accents in the U.S. (among US regions)

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songs about accents - Google Search

songs about accents - Google Search | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it
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These Google searches will help me find songs for my audio documentary

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globalcompass.pdf

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This is Pitt's international new student guide to Pitt and the United States. It explains a lot of practical information, like time zones and US currency, but it also explores ideas of culture shock & American customs. It's really interesting to read these sections, as they are complex practices that are broken down and written in really simple International English. It is pretty amusing to read the section on "Dating & Relationships" as well as "Pittsburgh Slang".

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WENR, Feature 2012: Not All International Students Are the Same

Not All International Students Are the Same
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An in-depth study of where international students are coming from to study in the U.S. Still need to look closer at this.

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American culture, behaviors shock international students

American culture, behaviors shock international students | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it
An American woman walked up to Karina Pokoiakova, an international student from Russia, and asked “How come you look like an Asian girl, but your accent is Russian?” Pokoiakova learned then that American people are open in their opinions, she said.
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Exploring culture shock in the US. The interesting thing about this article is the juxtaposition between the two students. One has had a really great experience in America. She loves the cultural adjustments and is enjoying finding out new things about her host country. The second perspective, however, is from a student who is struggling. It seems a major difference between these two students is their feeling of community and their ability to communicate in English.

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'Would Be Nice to Have a Similar Shutdown in Russia'

'Would Be Nice to Have a Similar Shutdown in Russia' | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it
Foreigners react to news of America's broken-down government.
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Sort of a side note: International reactions to US shut down offers some view of the differing perspectives that the international community has on the U.S.

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American culture shock for international students

Hi everyone, TURN U VOLUMN DOWN BEFORE YOU WATCH THIS, the beginning is very annoying. Anyhow, this is the first video I made for my tcom class in Ball State...
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This is an awesome video MADE BY AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT. The beginning is super loud though, so watch out! This video talks about first impressions, language learning, food. It's a kind of hilarious video with low production value, which is pretty much the best of the internet, right?

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Why Aren’t Americans and International Students Becoming Friends? « VOA Student Union

Why Aren’t Americans and International Students Becoming Friends? « VOA Student Union | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it
Americans like having international students on campus, so why don't they seem to become friends?
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An excellent question.

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Clash of Civilizations: The Confusion of Being a Chinese Student in America

Clash of Civilizations: The Confusion of Being a Chinese Student in America | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it
The way Americans talk about China can often seem hostile, frustrating, or altogether irreconcilable with the world as a newcomer from China knows it
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This article, written by a former Chinese student studying in the United States, explains the challenges faced by Chinese students in the U.S. Many of these challenges go beyond the language barrier and are rooted in American attitudes toward China. Many Americans hold condescending and outright hostile views of China, making it difficult for Chinese students to feel welcome. This lack of "welcome" is something many international students find at Pitt. This difficulty, coupled with language problems, causes many ESL students to form cliques where they speak their native tongue, making integration into their American school even harder as they spend most of their time not practicing English.

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Why ESL teachers are the best teachers and the best learners - Fluent in 3 months - Language Hacking and Travel Tips

Why ESL teachers are the best teachers and the best learners - Fluent in 3 months - Language Hacking and Travel Tips | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it
I’ve had many jobs in the last eight years on the road but the one that I could always rely on was ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher.
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This article explores ESL from the teacher's perspective. It offers some tips that I could borrow for when I am working with ESL students.

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World's 12 sexiest accents

World's 12 sexiest accents | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it
A foreign language can be the best aphrodisiac, so we traveled the world in search of the 12 hottest accents
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"World's Sexiest Accents"

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Why the Brain Doubts a Foreign Accent: Scientific American

Why the Brain Doubts a Foreign Accent: Scientific American | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it
What happens in the brain when you hear an accent--and why you are less likely to trust the speaker
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Important information for the scripted portion of my audio documentary.

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The EFL SMARTblog: Inspiring People

The EFL SMARTblog: Inspiring People | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it

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NCA Newsroom

NCA Newsroom | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it
The National Communication Association advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry.
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"Many International Students Have Few Close American Friends, Survey Says"

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40% of foreign students in the US have no close friends on campus: The culture shock of loneliness

40% of foreign students in the US have no close friends on campus: The culture shock of loneliness | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it
Foreign students are flocking to the higher education system in the US. A recent study found that in 2011-2012, the number of international students in the US increased by 6.5% over the last year to a record high of 764,495 students.
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Summary: Though many international students are coming to the US, they do not have many American friends because of cultural barriers and "adjustment fatigue".

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How Learning a Foreign Language Reignited My Imagination

How Learning a Foreign Language Reignited My Imagination | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it
Pardon my French
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From an interesting series on the Atlantic about learning French. The author explores language learning as he experiences it. This is a useful article because most other pieces are written ABOUT people trying to learn a new language rather than BY them. I'm really interested in this perspective.

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'Foolish and Backward Nation': A Self-Effacing Chinese Satire of America

'Foolish and Backward Nation': A Self-Effacing Chinese Satire of America | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it
"The U.S. is actually a giant, undeveloped farming village," begins an anonymous web post that's actually a subtle critique of China itself.
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Funny, a side-note.

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International Students Choose the U.S.

A group of currently enrolled international students in U.S. colleges and universities share their experiences of why they chose the U.S. over other destinat...
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This is a more serious look at why studying in the United States is a beneficial choice. Many students list "opportunity" as a reason for wanting to study in the United States. Students come to the US because of reputation, diversity of programs, excellent faculty. The U.S. has some of the best education in the world, which is why many students come here.

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How Chinese Students Struggle to Apply to U.S. Colleges

How Chinese Students Struggle to Apply to U.S. Colleges | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it
The differences between trying for an American university and a Chinese college couldn't be greater
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Understanding the application process for students in China who want to study in the United States. I am pulling so many articles specific to China because a) there are a lot of Chinese students at Pitt and b) this is a hot topic in the media. How many Pitt ESL students are from China?

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Studying in the United States

Studying in the United States | the Welcome to English Project | Scoop.it
International students increasingly want to come to the United States for college or graduate school. Use our tips, rankings, and more to help you find the best school for you.
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U.S. News & World Report offers an awesome list of articles for international students to explore. I want to come back to this list and read-through and scoop each article individually.

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My shattering experience with America's immigration system

Recently, I found out that my American Dream is over.
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While this piece doesn't pertain neccessarily to ESL students, it does relate to the struggle to immigrate and integrate in the USA. This woman speaks English, she's from the UK, and she still had to struggle through the difficult immigration process and was rejected. I can't fathom how difficult this would be for a non-native English-speaker.

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