Business School Strategies for English Language Development

Conference: The European Conference on Language Learning (ECLL2022)
Title: Business School Strategies for English Language Development
Stream: Approaches
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Maureen Andrade, Utah Valley University, United States


Business is one of the top fields of study for international students in countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Australia. Although international students who speak English as an additional language (EAL) have prior academic and linguistic preparation, most can benefit from further English language development opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These opportunities facilitate academic success as well as future career success. However, once these international students have met admission requirements, they may not receive the additional support needed to develop high levels of academic and professional English. This study examined the strategies, innovations, challenges, and outcomes for schools of business who admit large concentrations of international EAL students at the graduate level. Using qualitative research methods, interviews were conducted with deans of business schools who enroll large percentages of international students. Good, better, and best practices were identified for areas such as screening and admission, curricular support, assessing and tracking outcomes, and evaluating post-graduation success. Implications of the study, specifically strategies for effectively facilitating the English language development of international EAL students, will be discussed.

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