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Do international students in Britain need better English skills? The start of the academic year is fast approaching, with new students from across the UK looking forward to starting university with a mix of trepidation and excitement. The UK is also a popular place for international students to study , given that it has some of the best universities in the world . This means that many UK students studying at a British university will be joined in their lectures by students from around the world . Language ability Having adequate English language skills is important to international students, as there’s no point in them turning up on their first day only to realise they don’t understand the curriculum. In the same way, this proficiency is also important to native English speakers – given that many courses require an element of group work and seminar discussions. Universities don’t
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Unformatted text preview: want to accept students who will ultimately fail their course either.Testing times That said, it’s not in the interest of universities to set a student upfor failure. But surely if the entry requirement of a university course is a certain grade in the Home Office exam, then the same exam should be given at the end of these programmes. This would help to maintain a level playing field for all students on the course. As someone who works on these pre-sessional programmes as an assistant professor, I believe there is clearly a value in teaching English for academic purposes. These sessions are also a time when nonnative learners can get a sense of the UK’s academic culture along with the conventions they will be expected to follow – something some UK students would also benefit from, too....
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