Scholarship in Learning and Teaching

What works best: Strengthening the evidence base for English language practices in higher education

ProgramStrategic Commissioned Projects, Office for Learning and Teaching
RecipientsThe University of Melbourne in partnership with JCU, Edith Cowan University and the University of Technology, Sydney
Amount (Year)$324,000 (2014)

Project Abstract

This project will produce resources to strengthen the evidence base for English language practices in Australian higher education. Since the introduction of the Higher Education Standards Framework in late 2011, higher education institutions (HEIs) have developed strategic plans for addressing the English language learning needs of all students. However these practices can be fragmented and not considered as core business within learning and teaching practices.

The challenge for institutions is in identifying, monitoring and evaluating best practices for English language approaches. There is little publicly available information that can guide institutions towards best practice approaches and effective strategies for monitoring and evaluating those approaches.

With this project, we seek to engage with the sector and produce a framework, case studies and practical resources that will guide institutions in strengthening the evidence base for their English language practices. The evidence base is much needed to assist institutions in developing best practices for English language approaches.

Project Objectives

For an overview of project objectives and to download the project discussion paper, visit the project webpage.