English language learning challenges facing Saudi students in America



The demand for internalization and globalization of the world has resulted in cross-border student mobility. Consequently, the United States has recorded an increase of international students seeking admission places in its universities. A report revealed that America recorded a five percent increase in the number of international students admitted to the learning institutions (Al-Mahrooqi &amp. Denman, 2015). Most of the students were of the Asian origin with Saudi Arabia and China topping the list. The international students get admission slots in various universities and colleges across the US. The international students play a major role in creating diversity and internalization of the classrooms and campuses (Lippman &amp. Council on Foreign Relations, 2012). The students share the different experiences regarding culture thereby enhancing a mutual appreciation of cultural diversity. The United States, therefore, should positively embrace the international students and welcome them to the universities and colleges because of the contributions they bring at different levels including cultural exchange (Raddawi, 2014, Moraya, 2013). However, the Saudi students experience many academic and linguistic challenges while at the United States. The academic challenges experienced include communicating with the lecturers, instructors and staff (Raddawi, 2014). They thus have to deal with social isolation when interacting with different groups of people. They find it difficult to learn and do their activities according to the American culture.