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ERIC Number: ED420202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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"They've Got a Problem with English": Perceptions of the Difficulties of International Post-Graduate Students.
May, Marian; Bartlett, Annie
The common perception on the part of higher education institutions, academic staff, and scholarship donors, that English language skill level is the cause of the academic difficulties (problems in adjustment, longer completion times required) of international graduate students is examined, drawing on experience at the Australian National University. The university's efforts to address these students' language needs are discussed. The university's National Centre for Development Studies (NCDS) provides programs for over 250 international students in four degree programs each year. Foreign entrants may be admitted with lower English proficiency levels than in the university as a whole. Academic staff have expressed concern about the students' academic problems, but faculty development workshops to address the problem have been poorly attended. A program of discipline-specific study and academic skills courses, both pre-enrollment and concurrent with enrollment, has been developed to provide explicit instruction in critical analysis, research skills, writing, and seminars. This systematic approach to development of academic skills has been effective for students, as reflected in the experiences of individual students. Implications for entry requirements, academic skills program development, language training and testing, and research are discussed. Contains 10 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia