Overview - University of Wollongong Teaching & Learning Journal

Abstract

There are increasing numbers of International students studying at the University of Wollongong. Out of the total number of students about 10% do not share their first language or culture with the majority. When I look at this figure, my concern focuses on these students and their real ability to learn while studying at university. Language is a learning tool and those International students whose first language is not English need to strengthen their use of this tool in order to learn at the University. It is important that all administrators and lecturers be prepared to take the necessary steps to meet the needs of this linguistically diverse population so that the University can develop as an internationalised academic institution. International students should be encouraged to take the English for Academic Purposes course presented by Modern Languages along with their subject speciality to sharpen their knowledge of English and enhance learning in their specialised subject.

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