The Griffith English Language Enhancement Strategy: Developing English language proficiency in international students

When: Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: The Ship Inn Function Room, South Bank Campus

Following on from the morning seminar, Internationalisation at Home: Curriculum strategies for developing students’ competence in culturally diverse and international environments, this presentation will offer an overview of the Griffith English Language Enhancement Strategy (GELES) and the components – UniPrep, English HELP, Student Linx and IELTS4Grads – which have been devised and implemented in alignment with the DEEWR Good Practice Principles for International Students in Australian Universities.

The presentation will also outline the English Language Enhancement Courses (ELEC) program as a key facet of the GELES strategy. The ELEC program develops academic English language and communication skills that are relevant to international students’ own field of study, combining academic lectures with practice-oriented tutorials. The ELEC program is uniquely structured as four separate discipline-specific courses, embedded within the faculties of Business and Commerce, Arts and Social Sciences, Health, and Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology.

This presentation will describe the rationale underpinning the ELEC curriculum, and it will explain how the program was implemented, allowing divergence in terms of discipline-specificity whilst maintaining convergence in terms of processes and procedures to ensure that the four courses are comparable. Finally, there will be a synopsis of the research project that is currently being carried out to measure the impact of the GELES strategy.

This session is intended to be interactive, offering an opportunity for participants to gather information and to discuss their experience of implementing English language enhancement resources in their own institutions.

1:00 – 1:10 Introduction about overall GELES strategy (Nicole Brigg)
1:10 – 1:25 UniPrep + English HELP (Ian Johnson)
1:25 – 1:40 IELTS4Grads (Pamela Humphreys)
1:40 – 1:50 Student Linx (Andrew Monaghan)
1:50 – 2:00 Question time (Panel of speakers – Ian Johnson, Pamela Humphreys, Andrew Monaghan, Nicole Brigg)
2:00 – 2:15 15 minute break – Melbourne Cup
2:15 – 2:25 Ana Lobo - Outline of the ELEC program
2:25 – 2:40 Rowan Michael – Developing the ELEC program over 2 semesters – successes and challenges
2:40 – 2:55 Ben Fenton-Smith – Lecture content
2:55 – 3:05 Pamela Humphreys – Tutorial content
3:05 – 3:15 Ian Walkinshaw – Research into the ELEC program
3:15 – 3:25 Question time (panel of speakers - Ian Walkinshaw, Ben Fenton-Smith, Rowan Michael, Ana Lobo, Pamela Humphreys)
3:25 – 3:30 Close of session
3:30 Afternoon Tea

For information, contact: Linda Shallcross (x56816)
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