3.5 International Students

The College has an international reputation and regulatory recruit students from the EU and overseas for whom English is a second language. Since all teaching and examination is carried out in English, competence in written and spoken English, at an appropriate level (equivalent to 5.5 IELTS or CERF B2) is an a admission requirement for undergraduate programmes. Applicants for postgraduate programmes are required to hold an IELTS of 7.0 or equivalent. The College provides study support sessions for students working in a second language. Please contact the LRC for details.

You may like to consider the following if you are teaching international students:

Awareness
You may find you need to exercise a degree of political and cultural awareness when teaching international students. If for example you are teaching design, risqué photos may offend some students on religious grounds, so you may need to consider options when setting work in the same way you might for UK students with protected characteristics.

Language
Language issues vary too, and a student’s understanding is often much better than their speaking. Writing is a good indicator and students often find writing easier than speaking. Where students are struggling, it may help to refer them to study support.

Reading can sometimes be hard work in a second language, so Iook for small sections and prioritise the reading where possible.

Trips
When international students first go on trips they may expect to be taken around and shown things. For new students start by pointing out a number of things so that they get the general idea about the needs and objectives of the project. Having done this, the individual or group can carry on researching independently.

Work ethic
Most international students are used to working very hard. They may not say so but many worry a great deal about marking because they are used to being ranked by results, so they can get stressed about assessments. Also trying to explain assessment results to their parents can be a daunting experience for them. Assessment needs to be very fair. Try to explain things very carefully, with clear reference back to the learning objectives and assessment criteria, and be careful to criticise the work, not the person.

The subject of research for course work, its needs and objectives, requires careful consideration and explanation, in order that overseas students fully understand what is being demanded of them. In particular, students sometime struggle with the concept of plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct.

(Adapted from www.adeptt.ac.uk)

Last modified: Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 11:01 AM