International students' emotional security and dignity in an Australian context: An aspect of psychological well-being

Noparat Tananuraksakul*, David Hall

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    This article explores non-native English-speaking students' emotional security and dignity responses to their English language proficiency in an Australian context. Confidence is a source of emotional security bolstering dignity. Without it, students lack emotional security, diminishing their dignity when communicating with culturally different others. Emotional security and dignity have a synergistic relationship, in that lack of confidence emotionally threatens one's face, identity and dignity. The study offers insights that help us to understand how international students' psychological well-being is affected by English performance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)189-200
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Research in International Education
    Volume10
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

    Keywords

    • cross-cultural transition
    • dignity
    • emotional security
    • international students
    • non-native English speakers
    • psychological well-being

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