Brooke Donnelly, CET
Supporting Direct Entry Students who are "At Risk"

This workshop will highlight commonly observed areas for support identified among students in a Direct Entry Program. These areas have emerged as part of a learning support program that is currently under development here at CET for Direct Entry students.

This talk will first briefly outline the background to the program and how content for each of the skill areas was identified from the starting point of core problems in assessment tasks. We will then look at how the program has been designed to address these core problem areas through the integration of Reading and Writing, and a move away from comprehension item based Reading and Listening approaches to process and strategy based approaches. Attendees will workshop materials to raise their understanding of the approaches used in these support classes.

Brooke Donnelly has been involved in English language education for 16 years in Australia and internationally and has experience across a range of teaching and administrative roles. She holds a DELTA and MAppLing (TESOL) and has been with the Centre for English Teaching at the University of Sydney since 2013, where she is currently designing and teaching a support program for students identified as at-risk in the Centre’s Direct Entry Program.