Bridging the Gap: Enhancing the Student Journey

Julia Ibdali and Helen Johnstone from the University of Sheffield are going to focus on tracking the student journey in their talk on facilitating transitions.

Facilitating transitions and tracking our students is an essential part of enhancing the student journey and bridging the gap between the English Language Teaching Centre and their prospective departments. Students often regard their EAP programme and the ELTC as a separate entity to the wider University. Our project also highlights to students the link between their English Language learning and their future academic careers. This presentation looks at our transitions and tracking project at the University of Sheffield and will focus on what we do, why we do it and how we do it. We will also look at initial student satisfaction feedback in terms of programme and teaching from previous years’ students. We will give examples of how this information has been used to modify and incorporate changes to our EAP programmes as well as promote our courses to prospective students.


Slides of the presentation are available here [PDF]


Julie Ibdali works at the University of Sheffield as an EAP tutor on the Academic English  Preparatory Course and is transitions co-ordinator at the ELTC. She is interested in encouraging international students to read on a regular basis.  Her Master’s dissertation looked at Literature Circles as a way of encouraging reading and forming a reading habit.

Helen Johnstone has over 25 years’ experience as an EAP teacher and manager at various Universities abroad and in the UK. She has been Academic Director at the ELTC since 2009 and her research interests include CPD for language teachers and teacher identity.


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