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

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Suzanne Ryan

University of Newcastle (Australia) - Newcastle Business School

Asit Bhattacharyya

University of Newcastle (Australia)

Katerina Stratilas

University of Newcastle (Australia)

Neelam Goela

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Date Written: February 8, 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Ryan, Suzanne Erina and Bhattacharyya, Asit and Stratilas, Katerina and Goela, Neelam, English Language Proficiency and Learning Among Australian International Postgraduate Accounting Students (February 8, 2016). The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 5, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2729640

Suzanne Erina Ryan

University of Newcastle (Australia) - Newcastle Business School ( email )

NE1 8ST
Australia

Asit Bhattacharyya (Contact Author)

University of Newcastle (Australia) ( email )

University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia

Katerina Stratilas

University of Newcastle (Australia)

University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia

Neelam Goela

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Indraprastha Marg
Post Box No. 7100
New Delhi, New Delhi 110001
India

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