Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Association for Academic Language Learning

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

Office of Assoc Dean - Teaching and Learning (FBL)

RAS ID

16651

Comments

This article was originally published as: Harris, A. J. (2013). Identifying students requiring English language support: What role can a PELA play?. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 7(2), A62-A78. Original article available here

Abstract

The number of higher education providers implementing a post-entry English Language Assessment (PELA) has increased exponentially in the past six years. This uptake has been driven largely by the “Good Practice Principles”, the TEQSA Act 2011, and TEQSA’s Quality Assessment on English Language Proficiency. Evidence suggests that at least 50% of Australian universities now offer some form of PELA, but few compel students to complete it. This paper discusses four years of learning that took place in one university, beginning with trialling a range of PELAs through to the endorsement of a short written task in all undergraduate courses. It addresses potential matters of contention, analyses why the initial university-wide roll-out was problematic and highlights the need to link PELA outcomes with effective language and academic skills support. The paper puts forward a case for the continued adoption of a PELA and suggests how this can be achieved in a cost-effective and sound pedagogical manner.

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