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1 The Griffith English Language Enhancement Strategy Presenter: Nicole Brigg Griffith English Language Institute AIEC October 2010 English Language Enhancement and the Good Practice Principles

2 Overview of the session 1.Overview of the Griffith English Language Enhancement Strategy 2.Context, rationale & related research 3.The English Language Enhancement Course development implementation challenges & successes mapping to the Good Practice Principles research

3 1. Overview of the Griffith English Language Enhancement Strategy Before your degreeDuring your degreeFinishing your degree Griffith UniPrep An intensive 3- week program delivered prior to each semester for students with unconditional offer. Provides the language skills essential for successful tertiary studies in English. English HELP Free discipline- specific English language support for all degree program students. Group workshops & individual consultations with GELI tutors. English Language Enhancement Course (ELEC) Credit-bearing, embedded, and discipline- specific. Student Linx Social immersion experiences. Promotes social and intellectual interaction, encouraging the establishment and building of useful ties across languages, cultures and countries. IELTS4grads Subsidised IELTS exit test at end of degree. Students completing a full degree at Griffith can sit an IELTS test at 50% of normal test fee. Adapted from

4 2. Context and rationale Birrell report (2006) AEI National Symposium (2007) DEEWR Good Practice Principles (2008)

5 Context and Rationale 2007 Audit of all English language support mechanisms across the whole university undertaken in the lead up to AUQA audit in 2008 Established an English Language Working Party (2008) to develop English language support initiatives for international students Membership: DVC (Academic), PVC (international), Secretariat, International Office, academics, School of Languages & Linguistics, Griffith English Language Institute Developed and implemented the Griffith English Language Enhancement Strategy

6 1.Universities are responsible for ensuring that their students are sufficiently competent in the English language to participate effectively in their university studies. 2.Resourcing for English language development is adequate to meet students needs throughout their studies. 3.Students have responsibilities for further developing their English language proficiency during their study at university and are advised of these responsibilities prior to enrolment. 4.Universities ensure that the English language entry pathways they approve for the admission of students enable these students to participate effectively in their studies. 5.English language proficiency and communication skills are important graduate attributes for all students. 6.Development of English language proficiency is integrated with curriculum design, assessment practices and course delivery through a variety of methods. 7.Students English language development needs are diagnosed early in their studies and addressed, with ongoing opportunities for self-assessment. 8.International students are supported from the outset to adapt to their academic, sociocultural and linguistic environments. 9.International students are encouraged and supported to enhance their English language development through effective social interaction on and off campus. 10.Universities use evidence from a variety of sources to monitor and improve their English language development activities. DEEWR December 2008 Good Practice Principles for English Language Proficiency for International Students in Australian Universities

7 Recent research in discipline-specific support The impact of English language proficiency and workplace readiness on the employment outcomes of tertiary international students (Arkoudis, Hawthorne, Baik, OLoughlin, Leach, Bexley, 2009) Improving academic outcomes of undergraduate ESL students: the case for discipline-specific academic skills programs (Baik & Greig, 2009)

8 English Language Enhancement Course (ELEC) Mandatory for all UG international students with IELTS<7 Optional domestic CALD* students Delivered in students first semester of UG study Offered on all campuses in semester 1 and 2 Common delivery standards, learning outcomes, content & assessment Co-delivered by LAL & GELI (2 hours lectures: 2 hours tutorials) *culturally and linguistically diverse

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10 3. English Language Enhancement Course Credit-bearing: - 10 credit points - not an additional requirement - no extra time to complete Embedded: - first semester of all UG degrees - complicated program rule changes Discipline-specific: - sub-committee devised the recommended criteria and intended learning outcomes - working parties within each broad discipline were consulted - four course outlines devised and approved

11 Development: Intended Learning Outcomes 1.To develop the communicative competence (grammatical, sociolinguistic, discourse, strategic) in English of students in an academic and specific disciplinary context, including producing, interpreting, analysing and participating in text. Text refers to authentic spoken or written discourse in a particular genre. 2.To raise student awareness of features and expectations of the Australian tertiary system that underpin English language practices in Australian universities as it fits within the broader Australian cultural context. 3.To ensure students are aware of their responsibility to continue to develop their English language skills throughout the course of their degree program.

12 Implementation Establishing of partnership between the Griffith English Language Institute (GELI) and the School of Languages and Linguistics (LAL) Project managers from each appointed to: Consult with working parties from each of the 4 Groups and create course outlines for Business; Health; SEET; Arts & Social Sciences Discipline-specific nature of content (Development teams) Embedding of some ExcelL intercultural communication skills role-plays Recruiting and training of tutors Text book

13 Challenges & successes Challenges: Lecture vs tutorial hours and minimum numbers for each (1200 sts) Working across elements (LAL/GELI) Communication channels between the newly appointed LAL coordinator, the other two newly appointed lecturers, the GELI coodinator & 25 tutors Multicampus challenges Communication between the convenors of the 4 courses and the tutorial development team Time to develop material Discipline-specific yet common outcomes so as to be comparable across all four streams Variables in the student cohort: differing proficiency levels; differing academic skills backgrounds

14 Challenges & successes Successes: All enrolment systems, student identification systems and exemption application systems worked very well Material development teams (Convenor, RA, GELI tutor) LAL/GELI relationship producing further useful cooperative ventures Significant interest from other Australian institutions An encouraging degree of buy-in from academic units across the university Significant growth in international students accessing other GELES strategies and support services Euphoria associated with the successful launch of a new and innovative Higher Education program

15 Griffiths Response to the Good Practice Principles 1Universities are responsible for ensuring that their students are sufficiently competent in the English language to participate effectively in their university studies. Minimum English language entry requirements are set. UniPrep EnglishHELP ELEC 2 Resourcing for English language development is adequate to meet students needs throughout their studies. GELES funded through the DVC(A) ELEC is funded through FPOS Griffith has committed financially over 6 years for the other strategies 3 Students have responsibilities for further developing their English language proficiency during their study at university and are advised of these responsibilities prior to enrolment. Embedded in ELEC Encouraged via EnglishHELP tutors Emphasised at orientation Promoted on information sites on the web 4 Universities ensure that the English language entry pathways they approve for the admission of students enable these students to participate effectively in their studies. A full review undertaken during 2009 and recommendations implemented in 2010 Monitoring of pathway providers Pathway providers requiring their students to undertake UniPrep Results of Capstone research correlated against entry pathways

16 5 English language proficiency and communication skills are important graduate attributes for all students. ELEC Workshops by Career and Employment Services IELTS4grads subsidy Student Linx 6 Development of English language proficiency is integrated with curriculum design, assessment practices and course delivery through a variety of methods. ELEC GELI staff involved in GIHE IoC working party 7 Students English language development needs are diagnosed early in their studies and addressed, with ongoing opportunities for self-assessment. ELEC delivered in students first semester Diagnostic testing of ELEC students Amber Alert Assessment 8 International students are supported from the outset to adapt to their academic, sociocultural and linguistic environments. ExcelL embedded in ELEC EnglishHELP Find Your Voice Across Cultures workshops Student Linx 9 International students are encouraged and supported to enhance their English language development through effective social interaction on and off campus. Student Linx Community Engagement officer appointed by GBS Community Engagement officer appointed by Griffith International 10 Universities use evidence from a variety of sources to monitor and improve their English language development activities. Research group for ELEC IELTS4Grads data collected Student and tutor surveys

17 ELEC research aims To measure change in English language proficiency of international students who undertake ELEC To measure change in educational outcomes by international students who undertake ELEC To demonstrate that an ELEC improves the above when implemented as an early intervention strategy To investigate the correlation between language proficiency, language achievement and overall academic outcomes. To investigate the cohorts experiences in engaging in learning English in terms of their motivation, investment and outcomes (qualitative).

18 ELEC research methodology Cohort 1 S2 2009: Non-ELEC students Cohort 2 S2 2010: ELEC students IELTS pre first semester IELTS post first semester Qualitative interviews IELTS at degree exit Correlation against GPAs

19 Arkoudis, S., Hawthorne, L., Baik, C., Hawthorne, G., O'Loughlin, K., Leach D., Bexley, E. (2009). The impact of English language proficiency and workplace readiness on the employment outcomes of tertiary international students. Retrieved on May , from Baik, C., Greig, J. (2009). Improving the academic outcomes of undergraduate ESL students: the case for discipline-based academic skills programs. Higher Education Research and Development, 28 (4), Berry, B., & Lewkowicz, J. (2000). Exit-tests: Is there an alternative? Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics, 5(1), Birrell, B. (2006). Implications of low English standards among overseas students at Australian universities. People and Place, 4 (4), Birrell, B., Hawthorne, L., & Richardson, S. (2006). Evaluation of the General Skilled Migration Categories. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia. Birrell, B., Healy E. & Kinnaird B. (2007). Cooks Galore and Hairdressers Aplenty. People and Place, 15(1), Borbasi, S., Johnson, G., Wyatt-Smith, C., Haugh, M., Humphreys, P. (2009) Evaluating the effect of a for-credit English language enhancement course on international students at a large Australian university. Unpublished internal grant application, Griffith University. Bretag, T. (2007). The emperor's new clothes: yes, there is a link between English language competence and academic standards. People & Place, 15(1), Commonwealth Department of Education Employment & Work Relations. (2008). Good Practice Principles for English Language Proficiency for International Students in Australian Universities – Final Report. Retrieved May , from Elder, C. & O'Loughlin, K. (2003). Score gains on IELTS after weeks of intensive English study. IELTS Research Reports, 4, English Tested. (2009, January 28). The Australian. Retrieved February , from tested/story-e6frgcox http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/letters/english- Griffith University. (2009a). University initiatives. Retrieved May , from initiativeshttp://www.griffith.edu.au/griffith-english-language-institute/university- Griffith University. (2009b). English Language requirements for entry to Griffith University, Retrieved March , from References

20 Harvey, L. (2000). New realities: the relationship between higher education and employment. Tertiary Education & Management, 6, Hawthorne, L. (2007). Outcomes, language, employment and further study: A discussion paper for a National Symposium: English Language Competence of International Students. Paper presented at the 2007 National Symposium on English Language Competence of International Students, Sydney, Australia. Hawthorne, L. (In press 2009). Demography, migration and demand for international students. In C. Findlay & W. Tierney (Eds) (In press). The Asia Pacific Education Market. World Scientific Press: Singapore. Healy, G. & Trounson, A. (2010, February 10). Universities told to boost English programs. The Australian. Retrieved February from International English Language testing System (2007). IELTS Handbook. University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council and IDP Education Australia Johnson, I. (2010). Utilising cultural diversity in the English language classroom, EA Journal (In Press) Mak, A., Westwood, M., Ishiyama, I., Barker, M. (1999). Optimising conditions for learning sociocultural competencies for success. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 23(1), Murray, D., & Oloughlin, K. (2007) Pathways – Preparation and Selection: A discussion paper for a National Symposium: English Language Competence of International Students. Paper presented at the 2007 National Symposium on English Language Competence of International Students, Sydney, Australia. OLoughlin, K., & Arkoudis, S. (2009). Investigating IELTS exit score gains in higher education. IELTS Research Reports, 10. IELTS Australia Pty Ltd, Canberra Qian, D. (2007). Assessing university students: Searching for an English language exit test. RELC Journal, 38(1), Retrieved January , from Trounson, A. (2010, February 17). Griffith makes English refresher mandatory. The Australian. Retrieved February , from education/griffith-makes-english-refresher-mandatory/story-e6frgcjx Zhengdong, G. (2009). IELTS Preparation Course and Student IELTS Performance: A Case Study in Hong Kong. RELC Journal, 40(1), Retrieved January , from


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