Glossary

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A

Academic language and learning

See ALL

AALL

Association for Academic Language and Learning. The professional body for those involved in post-entry language and learning.

ALL

Academic language and learning. This describes the work undertaken by professionals who work with students on post-entry language and literacy development. ALL specialists may also work on student study skills and other issues related to student learning.

ACER

Australian Council for Educational Research.

Association for Academic Language and Learning

See AALL.

ASQA

Australian Skills Quality Authority

AUQA

Australian Universities Quality Agency. This has now been replaced by TEQSA.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

National policy for qualifications in Australian education and training. It describes all qualifications available in Australian education and training.

C

CALD

Culturally and linguistically diverse.

Capstone unit

A unit of study available in the final year of an undergraduate degree, which integrates the course material from across the course curriculum.

Credit

A system of points for units of study which are added together until a student has obtained the requisite number to obtain a degree.

D

Diagnostic test

Assessment intended to identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses in the area assessed.

Discipline

Field of study or academic subject.

E

EAL

English as an additional language.

ELICOS

English language intensive courses for overseas students.

English Australia

The peak body for ELICOS organisations in Australia.

English language proficiency

'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.

English language standards for higher education

A set of six standards developed from the Good Practice Principles.

Embedding

The integration of English language development into discipline-specific units or courses of study.

ESL

English as a second language.

ESB

English-speaking background.

Exit Test

This is a language assessment administered to students at the time of graduation. It may be used by students to demonstrate to future employers that they have achieved a certain level of proficiency, or may be used by the university as part of its monitoring of student proficiency levels.

F

FAQ

Frequently asked question. On this website, we have produced a list of frequently asked questions and some suggested answers.

H

Higher Education

Education at first degree level or above. Almost all higher education in Australia is provided by universities, although there are some non-self-accrediting higher education institutions.

I

IELTS

International English Language Testing System. An international English language test, often used as a means by which English language entry level proficiency is measured in Australian universities.

Institutional approach

For this project, a whole-of-institution strategy for student English language development.

J

JALL

Journal of Academic Language and Learning.

L

L2

Second or subsequent language.

Language and learning advisor (LLA)

Staff member who primarily conducts activities to enhance students’ post-entry English language use, academic literacy, communication skills or study skills. Learning Management System (LMS)

A software application for the management of course or unit content, teaching and assessment.

LLA

See language and learning advisor.

LMS

See Learning Management System.

LOTE

Language other than English.

M

My University

Government website providing information on Australia’s universities.

N

NESB

Non English speaking background.

P

PELA

Post-entry language assessment. This is used to describe an assessment instrument that can be optional or compulsory, online or paper-based, institution-wide or course-specific, which has as its aim the identification of students’ English language developmental needs.

PTE

Pearson Test of English. An international English test that is often listed as a means by which students may meet the English language entry requirement in Australian universities.

S

Screening test

In post-entry English language proficiency contexts, this means a preliminary assessment used to distinguish between those who need a more comprehensive assessment and those who do not.

T

TEQSA

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Authority

TOEFL

Test of English as a Foreign Language. An international English test that is often listed as a means by which students may meet the English language entry requirement in Australian universities.

U

Universities Australia

The peak body that represents all universities in Australia.