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How to make yourself understood by international students: The role of metaphor in academic tutorials

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This paper reports on an oral interactions between lecturers and international students.

Jeannette Littlemore, Fiona MacArthur, Alan Cienki and Joseph Holloway 
In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of international students studying at British universities.   

This paper reports on a study of oral interactions between lecturers and international students studying at a British university and a Spanish one.

Metaphors and gestures were identified as being used successfully and less successfully in different exchanges. The paper concludes with a number of recommendations for making the most of the potential metaphor has to offer in academic tutorials.

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