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Wednesday, June 17 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
POSTER.23 - Insights from the inaugural cohort of an innovative first-year undergraduate program for international students

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This poster presentation showcases innovative aspects of a new first-year undergraduate program for international students at the University of British Columbia. Launched in September 2014, University of British Columbia Vantage College (www.vantagecollege.University of British Columbia.ca) provides a venue for international students who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in Applied Science, Arts, Management or Science, yet who do not meet direct entry English language requirements. Students complete a rigorous first year of credit-bearing courses that prepares them for their second year of study. Courses in the Vantage One program are connected using interdisciplinary approaches and following a language and content integrated learning model (Coyle, Hood, & Marsh, 2010; Crandall & Kaufman, 2002). For each content course (e.g., Physics, Political Science, Psychology), students attend a linked academic English tutorial that enhances students’ comprehension of the concepts and topics, while simultaneously raising their awareness of the language resources used in the respective disciplinary fields. This presentation will outline the Vantage One Program curriculum structure and ways in which collaborative teaching practices are adopted, together with some initial program evaluation findings related to student expectations and perceptions. These preliminary findings from our first student cohort are drawn from quantitative and qualitative analyses of student surveys. A student-facing report of these results was developed and shared with current students to support and enrich their learning experience. Details about the program structure, students in our first cohort, teaching approaches, and program evaluation will be shared, leaving the audience with some innovative ideas to implement in their own programs and teaching.

Coyle, D., Hood, P., & Marsh, D. (2010). Content and language integrated learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Crandall, J. A., & Kaufman, D. (Eds.). (2002). Content-based instruction in higher education settings. Alexandria, VA: TESOL, Inc.

Wednesday June 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Bayshore Foyer

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