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Increasing aural skills of international graduate students

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2 Author(s)
Evans, E.E. ; Tennessee Technol. Univ., Cookeville, TN, USA ; Alexander, C.K.

Deals with a successful attempt to improve the linguistic proficiency of international graduate students at Tennessee Technological University. Without proper guidance by skilled English language instructors at the very beginning of their graduate program, these newly arrived students may find themselves at a disadvantage in the American classroom because they lack the necessary aural comprehension and oral proficiency to take advantage of the learning environment. A pilot program at Tennessee Technological University has demonstrated that the international student's ability to process technical and nontechnical English efficiently in oral and aural models can be improved without requiring the student to take time-consuming intensive English programs on arrival in the US. Concentrated aural practice in the areas of listening acuity, inferencing, and problem solving yielded gains in proficiency over a short period. Graduate faculty members have reported improvements in student attitudes and in course work, as well as greater ease in communicating with these students.

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Professional Communication, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:PC-27 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

Sept. 1984

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