Embedding English language
With over 29% of the student body made up of international students entering Monash through various pathways, a range of different English proficiency starting points is to be expected. All students must meet the minimum entry requirements for starting their academic journey; however, language proficiency is not a point in time marker. It is a process developed through timely and targeted input. This means the university is responsible for providing students with opportunities to continue to develop their English language.
English language proficiency and communication skills are essential for all Monash students for multiple reasons. They:
- Allow students to engage with the university environment and create a healthy social network.
- Support students’ mental wellbeing; by maintaining self-confidence and a healthy view of the world around themselves.
- Facilitate the creation and maintenance of students’ sense of belonging to the university.
- Support academic success, retention, progression and intellectual growth.
- Support success and positive experience during placements, work integrated learning and internships.
- Improve successful post-graduation employment or access to further study.
Listen to the voices of current Monash students, both international and domestic, sharing their perspectives on English language development. They share with us the challenges and reasons why we need to develop students’ English language communication skills over a course of study.
The term “communication skills” is used to refer to the full spectrum of English language and academic communication abilities.
While the terms overlap to some extent and may mean different things to different people, they can generally be defined as:
As Monash academics, our job is not to teach English language - other resources are available for students to develop this. However, it is our responsibility to provide opportunities in which students can grow and develop their communication skills.
Education Performance Standards Framework
The Education Performance Standards identify the expectations of education practice at Monash – See the Education Performance Standards for more details.
Impact on student learning
Impact on educational knowledge
Impact on educational environment
Effective teaching and learning
Responsive program design
Student- centred orientation
Professional learning engagement
Pedagogical content knowledge
Education research performance
You could address marking and grading across these Practice Elements by providing evidence of how you:
In this MEA module, you will explore how culture may influence teaching and learning.
This video introduces the Faculty of Education’s Academic Language and Literacy Development resources.