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Wednesday, May 15 • 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Language Assessment Guiding Program Level Curriculum Development for Multilingual Student Support: A Collaboration between Beedie School of Business and Language and Literacy Education Faculty

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This presentation shares findings of a 4-year post-entry language assessment (PELA) project at the Beedie School of Business at SFU whereby business faculty and staff collaborated with language and literacy education faculty in an iterative process of design, delivery, assessment, and curriculum design and implementation. Informed by literature on post-entry language assessment (Fox et al., 2016), embedded and content and language integrated learning (Cammarata, et al., 2016; Murray and Nallaya, 2016), and theory and research in assessment in business education (Colby et. al, 2011), we highlight the challenges and opportunities of identifying and supporting the needs of multilingual undergraduate students once they have been mainstreamed alongside native speakers of English in the business program. For the presentation, we cover in broad strokes, 4 years of PELA results and trends that shed light on the overall outcomes of students’ writing in a first-year business program. Second, we discuss the process of faculty collaboration and content and language integration to ensure greater validity and reliability of assessment results, as well as to design curriculum and instructional responses to the data. It is hoped that this presentation will help develop a deeper understanding of university students’ linguistic performance and development within content courses, as well as inform future collaborative efforts between faculty and staff from different disciplines in curriculum and assessment design and delivery.


Wednesday May 15, 2019 2:30pm - 2:55pm PDT
Harbour Centre, Rm 1500

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