Symposium: English language entry pathways: Innovations, outcomes and future directions, University of Sydney: Thursday 9 June

While international students have been breathing financial ‘life blood’ into Australian universities, English language professionals have been striving to improve the English language preparation of these students for tertiary study. One crucial step towards higher quality in the English language (EL) pathways sector was the publication of the Australian Government’s ‘Good Practice Principles for English language proficiency for International students’ by the Australian Universities Quality Agency (2009). The most relevant principle, the fourth, recommends that: Universities ensure that the English language pathways they approve for the admission of students enable these students to participate effectively in their studies (Australian Universities Quality Agency, 2009, p.4). In the Agency’s report, various avenues are suggested to improve the preparation of international students for university, including that universities explore diverse means of monitoring student readiness and that they communicate with pathways providers.

We would very much like to invite you to a symposium at the University of Sydney on Thursday 9 June 2011 which will consider English language entry pathways - their innovations, outcomes and future directions. This AALL-sponsored symposium aims to bring together people who have a pre-entry or post-entry connection with English language entry pathways. If you teach in or administer a preparatory college or centre, if you work with international students once they’ve entered university, if you’re conducting research on pathways or if you’re concerned that international students require more support, this event is an opportunity to contribute towards the agenda for Australian EL pathways.

Time slot Title of presentation Details of presenters
10.00 – 10.10 Opening remarks Marie Carroll
10.10 – 10.40 Good Practice Principles: the fourth principle in context Alex Barthel
10.40 - 11.10 Using MASUS to assess writing outcomes: a case study of different pathways Helen Drury (presenting on behalf of Janet Jones) (Sydney)
11.10 – 11.30 Morning Tea
11.30 – 12.00 Foundation College as a university pathway for international undergraduate students Lindy Woodrow
12.00 -12.30 Approaches to pathway curriculum: the student experience from pathway to university Bronwen Dyson
12.30 – 1.00 English language pathways: backgrounds and expectations Carol Floyd
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 2.30 The pathway perspective: The effect of English on the academic performance of international students Richard Hewison
(Perth Institute of Business & Technology)
2.30 – 3.50 Direct Entry Pathway Programs for Universities – Insights from the Industry
• Patrick Pheasant, Director, Director, The Centre for English Teaching at the University of Sydney
• Margaret Miller, Associate Director English Programs, UWS College, University of Western Sydney
• David Larbalestier, Director of Studies, UTS:INSEARCH
• Catherine Charlton, Head of Centre, The Centre for Macquarie English (CME), Macquarie University
• Adele Pitkeathly, Director of Studies, English, UNSW Institute of Languages
3.50 – 4.00 Wrap up

New Law School Lecture Theatre 026
Law School Annexe Building (descend two flights of stairs or take lift from ground level to the lowest level to find room 026)
Eastern Avenue
University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus

• Registration is free.
• To register, contact Karlo Jurasovic (

Contact Bronwen Dyson at the following address for any enquiries regarding the event.

In order to maximize participation, the organizers of this meeting have timetabled it on the day before the AALL event: Critical Discussions about Social Inclusion Forum at the University of Wollongong on Friday, 10 June.