Exploring a compassionate approach to student placement in language classes

dc.contributor.author Lord, Gillian
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-24T21:07:52Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-24T21:07:52Z
dc.date.issued 2022-11-01
dc.description.abstract The issue of how to place students into appropriate class levels in languages other than English is one that most higher education institutions struggle with in one way or another, often from both a pedagogical perspective as well as an administrative one. Many programs use a placement test of some sort, although their ability to place students correctly is not universal; at the same time, the logistics of administering such a test, often to large numbers of students, can be challenging. This paper presents the rationale for and process of evolving from a strict experience-based placement policy to a more compassionate one that allows students to choose their enrollment level, based on their own experiences and confidence. Data from before this change and after this change are analyzed in order to explore outcomes ranging from enrollment numbers to student success. Overall, results show that student outcomes are positive, and that the change did not result in additional challenges or problems for the program.
dc.identifier.citation Lord, G. (2022). Exploring a compassionate approach to student placement in language classes. Second Language Research & Practice, 3(1), 101–115. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/69870
dc.identifier.issn 2694-6610
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10125/69870
dc.publisher University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.publisher (co-sponsored by American Association of University of Supervisors and Coordinators; Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition; Center for Educational Reources in Culture, Language, and Literacy; Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning; Open Language Resource Center; Second Language Teaching and Resource Center)
dc.subject placement
dc.subject proficiency
dc.subject program administration
dc.subject compassion
dc.title Exploring a compassionate approach to student placement in language classes
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.endingpage 115
prism.number 1
prism.publicationname Second Language Research & Practice
prism.startingpage 101
prism.volume 3
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