Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange
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).
Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE) is a new unit focused on improving oral and writing communication through culturally sensitive educationally purposeful activities.
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).
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.
- 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.
|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 B will complete the program in three semesters.
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
- 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.
( > = 3.6)
( > = 22)
( < 18)
|FY14 cohort to date (March)||MGMT||Science||ES||Total/Avg|
|F14 admitted to date||309||760||413||1482|
|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 % 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|