This project will produce resources to strengthen the evidence base for English language practices in Australian higher education. Since the introduction of the Higher Education Standards Framework in late 2011, higher education institutions (HEIs) have developed strategic plans for addressing the English language learning needs of all students. However these practices can be fragmented and not considered as core business within learning and teaching practices. The challenge for institutions is in identifying, monitoring and evaluating best practices for English language approaches. There is little publicly available information that can guide institutions towards best practice approaches and effective strategies for monitoring and evaluating those approaches. With this project, we seek to engage with the sector and produce a framework, case studies and practical resources that will guide institutions in strengthening the evidence base for their English language practices. The evidence base is much needed to assist institutions in developing best practices for English language approaches.
To develop a framework for identifying best English language practices in Australian higher education. This framework will provide evidence of the efficacy of the English language practices described. It will also present institutions with structures to monitor and evaluate these practices to gather the evidence needed to understand what is working well and where best to allocate resources. The project resources developed through the project will provide the necessary tools for institutions for this purpose.
The project has created the Distributed Expertise Model (DEM), a guide to assist universities in developing, assessing and demonstrating graduates' communication skills.