Shaw Entrance Space (2018 Archive)


Entrance space: Researching a foundational academic literacy course

20 Minute Presentation


Cathi Shaw – UBC Okanagan
Jordan Stouck – UBC Okanagan


This study explores the efficacy of a Foundational English course which prepares students for first-year academic writing. Given the changing demographics of Canadian first year university students, and particularly the growing need for international student supports, this research has implications for curriculum design and institutional services. Data for this presentation has been collected through instructor interviews and student surveys. Particular attention, as a result of initial findings, will be given to the diversity of student needs, the efficacy of learning supports such as lab sessions and undergraduate tutorial assistance, as well as the importance of alignment and scaffolding within curricular design.