Title

English language proficiency and the professional employment outcomes of overseas accounting students in Australia: An empirical test.

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Curtin University of Technology, Business School

Place of Publication

Perth, WA.

Faculty

Business and Law

School

Accounting, Finance and Economics

RAS ID

5913

Comments

This article was originally published as

Christopher, T., & Hayes, C. (2008). English language proficiency and the professional employment outcomes of overseas accounting students in Australia: An empirical test. Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business and Government, The, 14(1), 35.

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Abstract

This study compares the performance of local and overseas accounting students studying in a West Australian university with respect to a written and a practical component of an examination question associated with a second year level accounting unit. An analysis of the results, using an analysis of variance, indicated that the language background for these two groups of students was a significant discriminating variable with respect to the written, but not the practical, component. This result suggests that the standard of written English language skills of overseas students is below that of their local counterparts, and this outcome lends support to the assertion that English language difficulties contribute to overseas graduates being less likely to gain professional employment than their local counterparts. Notwithstanding the extreme importance and implications of this research for concerned stakeholders including educators, educational institutions, graduates, employers and regulators, the research findings are tentative and further research is needed in relation to both academic performance and professional employment outcomes.