Teaching students who have English as an additional language

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By 
Katie Dunworth and Carmela Briguglio
Published by 
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
Publication year 
2011

This HERDSA Guide provides practical advice and strategies for academic teaching staff who work with students who have English as an additional language (EAL). Its primary focus is on identifying ways in which students can be encouraged to develop their English language skills and knowledge within the context of their disciplinary studies. The Guide includes ways in which students can identify their language development needs, strategies they can use themselves to help progress their English language proficiency, and ideas for staff to promote and facilitate their students’ language growth. The Guide also discusses some of the challenges that EAL students face during their tertiary studies, as identified by students themselves in quotations within the text, and explores the ways in which the learning environment can be made more inviting for those who do not have English as their first language. The ideas within the Guide are intended to be accessible to staff from any academic discipline and require no specialised knowledge. Many of the suggested activities, once implemented, may reduce staff workloads as they will lead to a greater level of clarity for students about the requirements of their courses, higher levels of student autonomy and increased student facility with the language of their discipline.

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