Connecting Language Proficiency, Placement, and Academic Success
1:30 - 2:15
International students who do not speak English as their first language can succeed in meeting language admissions requirements by leveraging test taking techniques and strategies associated with the major standardized language tests. This, however, may not accurately reflect their language proficiency. These students often struggle in their academic programs, having to repeat courses or move through with low achievement levels and minimal understanding of course content. How can we support these students with their language fluency and set them up for better outcomes? This presentation details our effort to systematically address this through a re-imagining and re-positioning of our English for Academic (EAP) program including the development and deployment of an in-house diagnostic test to help determine academic placement. The session will also address the challenges faced and strategies used in administering this intervention as it relates to student and admission staff perceptions. We end this session with some initial observations about the impact this is having on students' academic progression and success.