April UNFED meeting: Focus on student English language proficiencies

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April UNFED meeting: Focus on student English language proficiencies

This month we are going low-tech to look at how we can improve learning experiences and outcomes for international students though supporting their English language development.

Rationale: UNSW markets itself as a cosmopolitan university with more than 53,000 students from over 120 countries. We promise to provide excellent support for the almost 13,000 international students who make up about 25% of the total student population. However, some academics are struggling to strike the balance between supporting international students and maintaining the integrity of programs for domestic students. One way of doing this is to better understand the indicators of English language levels so that we can design smarter interventions to cater for varying proficiencies.

Draft Agenda:

1. Faculty round-up – what is your faculty doing to cater for varying English language proficiencies?

  • All participants are asked to provide input about the strategies and resources used in your faculty/school to support English language development

2. Understanding English language indicators - UNSWIL [Nikki Hayes]

  • What can we really expect from students who reach our entry English language levels?

3. Experiences in designing English language support programs – UNSWIL [Ruth Laxton]

4. Resources to support English language development

  • How can we embed language support into discipline specific courses?

5. Open Discussion

UNFED is a network for Educational Developers, Educational Technologists and others interested in developing teaching and learning within UNSW - please pass on this invitation to your faculty colleagues who might be interested in this topic.


UNSW Foundation Studies, Room 101 (Level 1)

223-227 Anzac Pde Kensington

Map reference Building L5.

Foundation Studies is located on the western side of Anzac Pde opposite New College between Day Ave and Barker St.

Walk up the large wooden stairway from the street to level 1. Room 101 is on Anzac Parade side of the courtyard.

Light refreshments will be provided. To assist with catering, please RSVP to Elizabeth Rosser e.rosser@unsw.edu.au by Wednesday 23rd April.

1st May 2015, 10:30am to 12:00pm

UNSW Foundation Studies, Room 101


Staff Only: Event open only to UNSW Staff



Elizabeth Rosser