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ISSN (Online) 2369-4211
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  • Placing Students for Success: A Comparison of IELTS, Local, and Other
           Placement Methods for English for Academic Purposes Courses

    • Authors: Jane Steiger
      Pages: 1 - 22
      Abstract: While previous research on student success has focused on disciplinary academic classes and programs with varying results regarding the predictive validity of English proficiency tests, namely the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), none have studied student success within the non-program-specific context of an English for academic purposes (EAP) program in which the cut scores set by the university align with the IELTS guidance. Using data collected during the intake of new international students and at the completion of each semester, this study primarily sought to determine how students placed via IELTS fared compared to those placed via other tests, including the in-house English placement test (EPT), and whether they were more likely to fail EAP courses during their first semester. Across six semesters, success data for 663 English language learners (ELLs) enrolled in EAP courses during their first semester at the university were collected and compared on the basis of the placement test used, students’ test scores, and their final course grades. Logistic regression analysis results revealed that the EPT performed significantly better in placing students into level-appropriate courses than IELTS. The findings indicate the predictive value of the in-house EPT process and suggest further research into semester-to-semester variations, emergent placement methods, and the probability of seeking services to mitigate academic challenges.
      PubDate: 2022-05-02
      DOI: 10.14288/bctj.v7i1.451
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 1 (2022)
  • EAP Learners as Discourse Analysts: Empowering Emergent Multilingual

    • Authors: Kelly Shoecraft, Jodie L. Martin, Greta Perris
      Pages: 23 - 41
      Abstract: English for Academic Purposes (EAP) aims to equip multilingual students with the tools to effectively engage in disciplinary academic communication, especially writing. An ongoing challenge is how to transfer students’ knowledge of language from the EAP classroom into their current and future disciplines (Monbec, 2018) and how to empower them as independent learners and collaborators in their knowledge development. This paper reports on an EAP curriculum project in which first-year international science students in British Columbia were scaffolded to conduct independent comparative discourse analysis to develop their academic literacy abilities. We demonstrate how students not only improved their understanding of specific language features, but also were empowered with the critical knowledge and skills to become apprentice scholars and active members in the science community. The students were therefore legitimized as academic apprentices, rather than framed as deficient in language or victims of circumstance (Gallagher & Haan, 2017). We therefore present evidence of non-linguist language students successfully conducting independent discourse analysis to further their own language and learning goals.
      PubDate: 2022-06-06
      DOI: 10.14288/bctj.v7i1.452
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 1 (2022)
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