Students, instructors differ widely over language abilities, study finds

October 14, 2010

According to a new study from the University of Victoria, PSE students with English as an additional language and their instructors may agree on what's important when it comes to language skills for an academic life, but they differ dramatically when it comes to assessing those skills. For example, only 12% of undergraduates in the study indicated they need help developing their ability to organize writing in order to express major and supporting ideas, while 64% of instructors reported that their students need help. The study's author found that students and instructors also differ significantly over which skills need development. UVic Media Tips