BUILDING BRIDGES: AN APPROACH TO THE INTEGRATION OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION IN FIRST-YEAR APPLIED SCIENCE COURSES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
AbstractVantage College at UBC offers innovative specialized first-year programs for international students that integrate core content courses with complementary language education to allow participants to hone their communication skills while meeting regular academic requirements. In the Applied Science stream of the Vantage program, each first-year engineering course is paired with a language enrichment course, and their respective instructors collaborate, tailoring their content and delivery to improve both the learning of technical material and the effective development of communication skills. This paper outlines the partnership between two physical chemistry courses and their linked language courses. Insights into the nature and logistics of this type of collaboration are presented, and the effectiveness of this training approach is evaluated in relation to the students’ mastery of technical content and improvement of English communication skills. Specific challenges and future improvements of the program are also discussed.