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English Language Standards in Higher Education

English Language Standards in Higher Education

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Author(s): Sophie Arkoudis, Chi Baik and Sarah Richardson

Publisher: ACER 2012

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English Language Standards in Higher Education has been written in a context in which the English language skills of students are increasingly under the spotlight due to the monumental impact of globalisation on the higher education sector. The underpinning tenets of the book are that in all contexts in which English is the medium of instruction English language acquisition is central to academic success, and that this requires continuous and systematic development throughout the course of study. The authors are unwavering in this conviction and offer a variety of constructive approaches, acknowledging that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to developing English language proficiency in higher education.

This book synthesises current research in English language standards to offer new approaches to addressing a growing challenge for those leading and teaching in higher education institutions around the world.

A concise, accessible book, English Language Standards in Higher Education provides both a comprehensive analysis of English language challenges in higher education and more importantly offers a framework for institutional and pedagogical planning, with practical advice and suggestions.

The focus of this book and the evidence-based suggestions it provides will strongly resonate in countries where English is the main language of communication, as well as in countries where English is used as the medium of instruction in higher education.

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About the authors

Sophie Arkoudis is Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at The University of Melbourne, Australia. She has published widely, and is a regular keynote speaker and media commentator on English language proficiency for international
students in higher education.

Chi Baik is a Lecturer in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at The University of Melbourne, Australia. She has conducted large research projects and written widely on issues related to assessment, internationalisation of university curricula and peer-learning among diverse students.

Sarah Richardson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in Melbourne, Australia. She works on national and international research projects in higher education, and has extensive experience as an ESL teacher, IELTS examiner and university lecturer and tutor.

Read an article about English Language Standards in Higher Education published in The Australian, 5 Sept 2012 by Bernard Lane.

 
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