This project is funded by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP). There are now 14 universities tracking the progress of pre-sessional students once they join their degree programmes.
The project is looking at the student experience in general, but most investigators are also interested in how students cope with the writing and speaking demands of their degree programmes and the extent to which they are using the skills and strategies taught on their pre-sessional courses.
A wide variety of students will be looked at. Some investigators are looking at students who took general pre-sessional courses before going to one particular discipline (undergraduate or postgraduate taught); some are tracking students who did a discipline-specific pre-sessional course (and are either undergraduate or postgraduate taught). Some are looking at the progress of specific nationalities. Liz Hauge will be tracking mainland Chinese students who took the LLM (Master of Laws) pre-sessional course last summer.
The project is working towards a PIM (Professional Issues Meeting) - or one-day seminar - to be held at the University of Kent on 25 June 2011 where we will present our research findings. Papers from the PIM will appear in a BALEAP publication after the event.
Funding: BALEAP funded 2009-2011.