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Prologue

ByYoke Sim Fong

This book sets out first to share the insights I have gained on the learner characteristics of Chinese students from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and their transitions in moving from an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) context at home to an English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as an International Language (EIL) study-abroad context. These insights are based on my

experience of teaching these students from 1997 to the present and

research undertaken since 1998 that cumulated in my PhD thesis, Learners in transition: A longitudinal study of seven People’s Republic of China students at the National University of Singapore (Fong, 2014).

Second, I put forward some pedagogical implications; it is my sincere hope that this work will be a help to ELT colleagues teaching Chinese and other international students.