Supporting students at the University of Johannesburg. Presentation by Prof Jenny Clarence-Fincham February 2010. Aims. To identify the available services within ADS Think about the language problem and Academic Development in the context of UJ.
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Presentation by Prof Jenny Clarence-Fincham
To identify the available services within ADS
Think about the language problem and Academic Development in the context of UJ
A wide range of professional and confidential services, ranging from therapeutic services, psycho-educational services, career services, people with disabilities and Work Integrated Learning.
All services in PsyCaD are completely free to students
Services to Campus Health / Occupational Health (Counselling aspect):
Trauma: 24-hour crisis line – 0800 777 000
Office: People with Disabilities
Work integrated learning support
Career Resource Centres – for job searches, posting of CVs
Graduate Recruitment Programme
Edu-link – a learning management system
Computer proficiency training Edu-link training for students and staff
Student assistance in computer labs
Individual assistance to staff
What do you understand by the language problem in the context of UJ?
Think of a traditional western fairy tale:
What has all this got to do with our students at UJ?
But they are highly constructed which means the
the familiar is not obvious
The world of the university and the languages it speaks are not obvious to our first year students
Tutorials, lectures, pracs
new disciplines, referencing
plagiarism, institutional silence
admin and academic staff
difficult accents, note-taking
The role of academic development staff is to
It is only by working alongside each other that these challenges can be addressed and we can develop interventions that result in students acquiring the discourses they need to succeed at university . . . and it is only when we develop a common understanding of the complexities of “the language problem” that we will create an educational context in which this can happen.