English Language Proficiency and Learning Among Australian International Postgraduate Accounting Students
The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 5, 2012
23 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2016
Date Written: February 8, 2016
Among OECD countries, Australia has the highest percentage of international students studying in its higher education institutions. Many of these students are motivated to study in Australia in order to find employment and immigrate. However, poor English language proficiency is the major barrier to employment outcomes despite labour shortages in many occupations. The Master of Professional Accounting Program (MPA) is an example of a program developed to attract international students to help meet the deficit of practising accountants, yet its graduates are failing to find employment. This paper reports on a survey of MPA students to investigate the role of English language proficiency on perceived learning experiences and outcomes. Findings reveal a significant relationship between language ability and engagement in learning. The paper concludes that English language development among international students is lacking both inside and outside the classroom.
Keywords: English Language Proficiency, Accounting Education, International Students
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