Embedding English Language Development into the Disciplines
2012 OLT National Teaching Fellowship
Fellowship years: 2012 - 2013
Abstract: Australian universities have increasingly diverse student populations with a great range of needs. The need for continued English language development and improvement at tertiary level, sometimes dismissed as just ‘the problem’ of international students, is an issue for almost all students. The fellowship aims to address the embedding of English language development across the curriculum. With the ever-increasing diversity of the student population in Australian universities, matters related to language proficiency have become crucial. The fellowship will build on best practice research in the field, which indicates that embedding English language development into discipline-based units is most likely to have the greatest impact and success in developing students' English language proficiency. The program will develop materials and strategies that will place universities in a much better position to address the variety of linguistic needs of tertiary students. It will also provide some analysis of models of collaboration in embedding English language support and development.