John Read

John Read

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Event type: Seminars

31 March 2017 from 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm 31st Mar 2017 4:00pm 31st Mar 2017 5:00pm


Professor John Read, University of Auckland

Title: Are students prepared for the language demands of their studies?

Post-entry language assessments can identify students from various backgrounds who should be encouraged to enhance their language and literacy skills.

There are concerns in English-medium universities internationally about the levels of language proficiency and academic literacy of incoming students (both domestic and international). This seminar will focus in particular on the role of a post-entry language assessment (PELA) in identifying students at risk of academic underachievement. The Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment (DELNA) at Auckland is a particularly comprehensive example of a PELA, but other models will be considered as well. Among the issues are: what is the appropriate model of language ability for a PELA? To what extent can a PELA be diagnostic in nature? And how do we evaluate the impact of a PELA in helping to address language needs?