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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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
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


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

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