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ERIC Number: EJ1133174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1609
Staff and Student Perceptions of English Language Policies and Practices in "International" Universities: A UK Case Study
Jenkins, Jennifer; Wingate, Ursula
Higher Education Review, v47 n2 p47-73 Spr 2015
This article presents a small qualitative study which aimed to gain an understanding of how lecturers and international students perceive the English language policies and practices at their institutions. The findings show that most participants perceive current policies and practices as unfair. However, there were discrepancies in lecturers' and students' perceptions. While there was convergence in relation to admission policies, there was stark divergence in relation to expected language standards, assessment and student support. We also found a prevalence of monolingual, norm-oriented attitudes among lecturers. The findings highlight the need for a reconceptualisation of policies and practices in order to make universities truly international.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International English Language Testing System
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