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Enabling Success in Higher Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) students
(2016)
  • Thomas Roche
Abstract
Summary: The proposed project creates and pilots a new educational pathway at SCU College for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) students from low-SES who are currently not eligible for study at SCU. The pathway consists of 15 weeks of SCU College’s English Language Program (ELP) tuition (5 weeks General English followed by 10 weeks English for Academic Purposes); followed by SCU College’s Preparing for Success Program (PSP). This pathway will facilitate the acquisition of both general and academic language skills for those CALD students participating; as well as, develop their academic literacy and study skills enabling them gain access to and success in undergraduate study at SCU. As an enrolled student they will also have access to academic and counselling support at SCU.

Rationale: The Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage identifies low levels of English competency and the poor levels of senior secondary schooling as contributing factors to socio-economic disadvantage. The current proposal aims to improve access, participation, success and retention of students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) equity groups. Specifically, the project targets those CALD students who are permanent humanitarian entrants to Australia. There is a need for pathways that facilitate university access for CALD individuals as the absence of such pathways, function as a significant barrier for CALD communities in regional Australia who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.
Keywords
  • CALD,
  • migrant education university pathway,
  • english for academic purposes
Publication Date
2016
Citation Information
Thomas Roche. "Enabling Success in Higher Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) students" (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/thomas_roche/30/