Place

Conception

PLaCE grows out of GS 490: Reading, Writing, and Speaking for International Students. Eight open-enrollment sections were offered a semester over the past two years. Students in GS 490 generally reported feeling more confidence in their oral and written language skills. In addition, students felt more comfortable taking risk in voicing their opinion, and typically felt a sense of comfort being around other international students who also struggled with language proficiency. Course data also showed a positive correlation between course performance and overall GPA (r=0.239, p=0.008, N=122).

Mission

Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE) is a new unit focused on improving oral and writing communication through culturally sensitive educationally purposeful activities.

Warrant

Its charge is based on the lack of traditional undergraduate ESL support compared to our Big 10 peers and the growing interest from the institution in oral and written communication competence (see Table A).

Sequence

As a result of these abovementioned efforts GS 490: will expand and split into a year-long two-course sequence. The course are GS 100 (3 credit) and GS 101 (3 credit) respectively.

Enrollment

  • Estimated total international students for F14: 1200
  • Estimated total of students enrolled in PLaCE courses for F14: 300
  • Algorithm: based on TOEFL speaking and writing subscores of 23 and below (see Table B).
  • Registration: Auto-register May 2nd and provide list to Head Advisors
  • Communication: Positive message to students, advisors, and Purdue community.
  • Other consideration:
    • Commitment from Academic College to support PLaCE.
    • Percentage of Chinese students projected to enroll.
    • The perfect score of each section is 30, with 18 as passable and 27 is exceptional.
    • Students from Management, Science, and Exploratory Students are the primary targets.

PLaCE Cohort

  Group A* Group B** Total
Fall 14 GS 100 GS 100 GS100 = 300
  +    
  ENG 106i x ENG 106i = 150
Spring 15 GS 101 GS 101 GS 101 = 300
  + +  
  COMM ENG 106i COMM = 150 & ENG 106i = 150
Fall 15 x COMM COMM = 150
*Group A will complete the program in two semesters.
**Group B will complete the program in three semesters.
Course Content

GS 100: Reading, Writing & Speaking for International Students 1 ("Investigating the University: A Behavioral & Social Science-based Approach to Content-Based Language Learning")

  • Examines college life & helps students deal with culture shock
  • Introduces the history & culture(s) of the American academy
  • Addresses current social and environmental issues on campus
  • Encourages exploration of the Purdue community beyond the classroom

GS 101: Reading, Writing & Speaking for International Students 2 ("Exploring American Cultures: A Humanities-based Approach to Content-Based Language Learning")

  • Traces the development of American society from both multicultural and mono-cultural perspectives
  • Promotes appreciation of art, literature & music
  • Surveys mass media & popular culture
  • Tackles concerns about America’s global influence and the spread of English.

Both classes will:

  • Focus on language skills necessary for success at Purdue University and beyond
  • Further develop interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
  • Foster collaborative learning and critical thinking
  • Raise social and environmental awareness on local and global levels

Summer Support:

  • All international students will have access to “Listen to Purdue” through Virtual Star. Listen to Purdue is designed to help students improve language skill through English listening activities.
  • The 5 lessons are: Introduction and welcome with Mitch Daniels, ENG 106i, COMM 114, Math 161, and Transportation on campus.
  • Each lesson has a video, targeted vocabulary, reviewing of video with transcripts that have word blanks, a content quiz, and a survey for feedback.

TABLE A

Speaking/GPA GPA High
( > = 3.6)
GPA Low
(< 2.6)
Total
TOEFL high
( > = 22)
149
(34.49%)
75
(17.36%)
432
TOEFL low
( < 18)
30
(12.20%)
94
(38.21%)
246
Total 399 319 1361

TABLE B

FY14 cohort to date (March) MGMT Science ES Total/Avg
F14 admitted to date 309 760 413 1482
Chinese admits 212 545 362 119
Chinese % of admits 0.69 0.72 0.88 0.46
Chinese below 23 speaking 105 308 246 659
% Chinese below 23 speaking 0.50 0.57 0.68 0.35
         
F14 enrolled predictions 135 245 150 530
Chinese enrolled 93 176 132 371
Chinese % of enrolled (% of admits) 0.69 0.72 0.88 0.70
Chinese with iBT scores 79 153 112 345
% Chinese with iBT scores 0.85 0.87 0.85 0.89
Chinese below 21 speaking 44 64 58 166
% Chinese below 21 speaking 0.55 0.42 0.52 0.49
Chinese below 23 speaking 60 104 82 246
% Chinese below 23 speaking 0.76 0.68 0.73 0.72