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Preparing International graduates for re-entry and associated post academic transition

Paul Stock, Janeen Mills, Terry McGrath

Abstract:  An important feature for universities and other tertiary providers. The value of sponsoring pre preparation
programmes to assist international graduates in their transition from study to work and re-entry to home or
other new environments is of inestimable value to the education institution and to its students. The good
will generated and the connectiveness for a long term alumni generated adds greatly to the esteem with
which the education institution is held and provides a great benefit to the graduating student.
Frequently graduating international students nearing the end of their course don’t perceive of their need and
motivating them to be in such preparation programmes can take a bit of work. Often denial of the likelihood
of reverse culture shock only adds to its impact on return . This workshop will explore and showcase tried
and proven ways of providing re-entry programmes within institutions. The team of Paul Stock, Janeen
Mills and Terry McGrath have insider understanding and experience of work in this area and are familiar
with a range of programmes. The workshop will be informative and provide hands on interaction with
materials useful in re-entry and PAT programmes. Handbooks , simulation games and a variety of other
techniques along with programme outlines will be provided. Participants in this workshop will also have
opportunity to discuss their own ideas and practices and a full resource grab bag of showcased and additional
ideas will be made available to all.
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Key Words:  Re-entry, Post academic transition, going home

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‘Culture’ or teaching? Japanese women’s learning experiences in New Zealand classrooms

Takako Kishimoto and Susan Sandretto

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Assessment and Diversity: A collaborative project between academic staff and learning support staff

Dr Mary Roberts

Abstract: Many academic staff members find assessing written work by international students to be frustrating and
worrying. “Should I correct the language errors or stick only to the academic topic?”, “Should I correct all the
errors or only some?”, “Should I correct any errors at all?” and “Why doesn’t it seem to make any difference
to the students’ written English, no matter what I do?”. Partly because of teachers’ frustrations and worries in
this area, students’ work is often not assessed as effectively as it could be, and feedback is not always
particularly useful or effective.
This research analyses a collaborative project between university programme staff and learning support staff
working together to address these issues. The research on ESL error correction, criterion referenced
assessment, and international students was used as a starting point for exploring how to address these questions
successfully. The aim of the project was both to provide teaching staff with tools to use when assessing students’
work, and to assist the programme in developing a set of practices that would help them work with international
students to integrate more successfully and quickly with their New Zealand learning environment.

Keywords: international students, error correction, written feedback

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Building a Connected Community of Learners: The Postgraduate Peer Mentor Program

Rachel Baron and Rodney Carr

Abstract: Student peer mentor programs are recognised as a valid component of a multi-faceted strategy to
improve student engagement within higher education. This paper reports some preliminary results
from research investigating how such programs help support diverse student needs in a multicultural
environment.
Our results are from a study of a pilot postgraduate student peer mentoring program set up to support
new students in the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University, Australia. The postgraduate
student body at Deakin is quite diverse and includes a large proportion of international students. We
present examples to show how a peer mentoring program can improve the social engagement of
students, help overcome cross-cultural communication barriers and contribute to the development of
academic skills.

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Language and the study of music: Implications for international students

Jocelyn Wolfe

Abstract : Writing about music is fundamental to the study of music in a university. This may not be surprising to most people familiar with study in tertiary institutions in Australia. However, many aspiring young musicians coming from overseas to study music in Australia are not prepared for this aspect of their music education. Their lack of preparedness is, first, in understanding what the academic requirements are in tertiary music courses, and second, in meeting those requirements. Regardless of whether a student is studying in a Performance, Composition, Technology, Pedagogy or Musicology strand of the degree, they will be required to write academic papers on or related to music. This paper investigates the nature of language in music study, the nature of pre-tertiary English courses and how courses might better prepare international students for a tertiarymusic program.

Keywords: tertiary music study, language needs, International English Language Testing System (IELTS), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), sustained content-based instruction.

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