Theses and Dissertations


Chun Fu Lin

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Olinzock, Anthony

Committee Member

Yu, Chien

Committee Member

Prince, Debra

Committee Member

Davis, James

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Dissertation - Campus Access Only


Instructional Systems and Workforce Development

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Education


Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development


The major function of education is to prepare youth to be successful. Each country has its own unique educational system, and individuals leaving their own country to study expect to acquire a quality education in another country. United States’ college programs, including exchange student programs, attract students from aboard who want to pursue their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. However, these students come from countries around the world where the use of the English language might be limited. Providing effective language programs to support international students whose native language is not English has become an important concern in the international educational exchange process. This study adds to the understanding of the ESL students’ perceptions of ESL programs offered by the universities in the United States. More specifically, the overall objective of this study was to analyze ESL students’ learning experiences and their perceptions of ESL program at Mississippi State University. The results of this study suggest that (a) female students were more satisfied with the ESL program than male students, (b) age was not significantly and meaningfully associated with participants’ perceptions of the ESL program, (c) there was a moderate association between the ESL students’ perceptions of the ESL program and their experiences in using English as a second language, and (d) female students were more satisfied in using technology for learning English as a second language than male students.