International Students

Graduate Communication Skills

Sophie Arkoudis and Anne Harris (2016)

Graduate communication skills have been the Achilles heel of Australian higher education for over a decade and continue to be of concern. So far, universities have attempted to address these concerns by offering a range of initiatives and interventions. Most of these fall short due to the difficulty in providing evidence that graduates have achieved threshold standards in oral and written communication skills.

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Teaching International Students

Sophie Arkoudis (2005)

This document contains practical suggestions for teaching strategies that will assist the University’s international students. Some of the suggestions may seem self-evident as they represent widely accepted principles of effective teaching in higher education. None the less they are worth reiterating.

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English Language Proficiency and Employability Framework

Sophie Arkoudis, Chi Baik, Emmaline Bexley and Lachlan Doughney (2014)

This report provides a practical platform from which higher education institutions’ (HEIs) can address the challenge of developing students’ English Language Proficiency (ELP) for employability. The Framework itself provides a broad typology of institutional initiatives for developing ELP and employability. It offers HEIs a way of mapping their curricula and co-curricula activities, and integrating practices along a continuum from entry to exit. Importantly, by linking ELP to employability, the Framework assists HEIs to address perceptions that international students graduate without developing threshold levels of ELP suitable for their future employment, by providing case studies showing the range of good practice in place across the sector.

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Good Practice Report - English Language Proficiency

Sophie Arkoudis and Lachlan Doughney (2014)

This guide provides a summary of research into good practices in developing students’ English Language Proficiency (ELP), and OLT/ALTC projects and fellowships associated with the issue. It also pinpoints gaps in the literature and makes recommendations for future work.

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