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This paper uses qualitative data to explore the social integration and adjustment of 13 international graduate student spouses (IGSSs) who attended an ESL class in a university town. We examine how IGSSs adjusted to their new community and roles, the strategies used to navigate social spaces, and the factors that shaped their integration. Keywords: adult education, informal learning, ESL, ESOL, international graduate student spouses, sojourner spouses.

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adult education, informal learning, ESL, ESOL, international graduate student spouses, sojourner spouses

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Taking Initiative and Constructing Identity: International Graduate Student Spouses‟ Adjustment and Social Integration in a University Town

This paper uses qualitative data to explore the social integration and adjustment of 13 international graduate student spouses (IGSSs) who attended an ESL class in a university town. We examine how IGSSs adjusted to their new community and roles, the strategies used to navigate social spaces, and the factors that shaped their integration. Keywords: adult education, informal learning, ESL, ESOL, international graduate student spouses, sojourner spouses.