Date of Award

5-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Gloria Park, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

David I. Hanauer, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Helen Sitler, Ph.D.

Abstract

Considering the limited amount of research regarding Ghanaian international students studying in the U.S., this thesis examines the experiential, voiced narratives of four Ghanaians who studied or have studied at a United States university. By using a narrative inquiry, the study looked into the experiences of the participants prior to, during, and after studying at the U.S. university in order to uncover the continuity of the participants' experiments. Each of the participants' narratives are looked at and analyzed separately in Chapter Four while in Chapter Five, common themes across cases are looked at. The specific themes found are: Experiencing others' ignorance about Ghana and Africa, influence of experts in communities of practice, accent and identity, and financial challenges. Recommendations for teachers as well as international student officers are provided considering the powerful experiences of the participants.

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