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The Effects of a Year-Long English for Academic Purposes Program: The SCAS Program in 2018-19


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Title: The Effects of a Year-Long English for Academic Purposes Program: The SCAS Program in 2018-19
Authors: Conway, Jesse
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2020
Publisher: 長崎大学言語教育研究センター / Center for Language Studies Nagasaki University
Citation: 長崎大学言語教育研究センター論集, 8, pp.19-35; 2020
Abstract: The purpose of this report is to disseminate results of the Special Course in Academic Skills (SCAS) Program, an optional English for Academic Purposes preparation course for Nagasaki University undergraduate students. In the 2018-19 academic year, TOEFL ITP tests were administered prior to, during, and after completion of the SCAS Program to measure receptive language abilities (i.e., reading, listening, structure and written expression of English). Additionally, students completed pre and posttests to measure productive language abilities (i.e., writing, speaking) prior to instruction and following completion of the program. Results from these assessments were examined using paired sample t-tests, which revealed statistically significant improvements in student abilities following completion of the SCAS Program. Effect sizes observed through calculation of Cohen’s d displayed a range of results from small to large, indicating that while SCAS Program instruction was responsible for change in students’ language skills, that change was not seen to be consistent throughout all language skill areas.
Keywords: EAP / TESOL / TOEFL / ITP / EFL
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/39826
ISSN: 24354651
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version: publisher
Appears in Collections:No. 8

Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/39826

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