Potvin Language and Technical Education (2017 Archive)

Integrating Language and Technical Education to Improve Outcomes for First-Year International Students in Engineering Programs

20 Minute Interactive Research Presentation


Gabriel Potvin – Depart of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Vantage College, UBC Vancouver
Mike Murphy – Vantage College, UBC Vancouver


The integration of language and communication instruction with technical engineering training for first-year international students in the Vantage College program at UBC is presented. The nature and logistics of this integrated approach and its effectiveness in terms of technical content mastery and improvement of communication skills are discussed.