Conceptual Framework

This website has been developed according to the following guiding principles:

  • 'English language proficiency' as it is used in this website, describes the capacity to use English to construct and communicate meaning at a level appropriate for the communicative context. It is an overarching term that is intended to include general, academic and professional domains of use.
  • The selection of content for this website is predicated on the notion that language development involves a movement along a multilayered continuum of proficiency over a period of time, and that all university students have the capacity to improve their levels of English language proficiency during the course of their studies.
  • The website identifies approaches, strategies and practices that are intended to develop the capacity of all university students, whatever their language background, to use English effectively in their educational environments and beyond.
  • The content of this website is underpinned by the belief that there is no single ‘correct’ way to develop student language proficiency. Appropriate strategies and activities will depend on institutional, educational, cultural and individual factors, and are likely to vary across contexts.
  • The development of student language proficiency is a shared responsibility, and requires the involvement of students and staff in the process.

Full information about the project that led to the development of this website is in the project’s Final Report, available from the Office of Learning and Teaching website.