[lg policy] Stenden Rangsit University Language Policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 20 13:41:47 UTC 2011

 SRU Language Policy
Language Policy (students and staff)

Author: Prof Don Craig (acknowledgement to Stenden SA for input)
Effect: January 2011
Next review: 1 January 2014

1. Introduction

The language policy of Stenden Rangsit University takes as its
starting point the need to prepare students to participate fully in a
multi-lingual society, where multi-lingual proficiency and awareness
are essential. We are aware that English is not the primary language
for many of our students, but that it is an empowering language in the
broader community. A major objective is, therefore to ensure that our
students acquire effective literacy in English, by which we understand
the ability to communicate through the spoken and written word in a
variety of contexts: academic, social, and in their future careers. A
second objective pertains to the development of multilingual awareness
on the one hand, and multi-lingual proficiency on the other.

All academic staff will be required, with the aid of language
practitioners, to explore and implement ways in which these aims may
be achieved in the programs offered at Stenden Rangsit University.
This document outlines the policy with regards to the different
processes at Stenden Rangsit University.

2. Language in Teaching and Examinations

English is the medium of teaching and of examination except in
language departments where another language is taught and may be used,
as in specialised modules, e.g. the IBC programme). This applies at
all levels, and to dissertations and theses for higher degrees.

3. Language in Administration and Governance
English is the language of internal governance and of administration.
The English used must be clear and concise and gender-sensitive.

3. Communication on campus
All staff and students are expected to use English as the language of
communication both in formal and informal settings. The rationale of
this is that no student or staff member would feel excluded in

4. Language in the Admission Policy
All applicants, whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level, must
have attained a certain level of proficiency in English and must be
required to submit evidence of this as part of their application to
study. The following admission criteria apply:
a) Thai High School undergraduate applicants to Stenden Rangsit
University must have achieved a pass in English at a school leaving
level, and

b) Must hold an Academic IELTS-test with Band score 6.0 and no sub
scores under 5, as specified on the IELTS website.
c) TOEFL-test of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based). The TOEFL
is only accepted when the IELTS-test is not offered in the applicants'
country of residence.

d) Applicants who are native speakers of English or who have
successfully undertaken secondary or post-secondary courses -for a
minimum of two years- where English was the language of instruction
are not required to submit an IELTS of TOEFL test score.
5. Language and Staff Development

Since English is the language of communication and tuition at Stenden,
the staff training and development policy of Stenden Rangsit
University facilitates compulsory language training for all staff that
may struggle with the English language. Especially in the support
services department, this will be stimulated and facilitated.

Stenden Rangsit University requires that non-native language speaking
staff have a minimum of IELTS Level 6 (or an academic TOEFL or CELTA
or equivalent British Council recognised professional level
qualification). This is waived where the lecturer/staff member has
completed an undergraduate or post-graduate qualification at an
English-speaking institution, or has graduated with English as a major
subject from a foreign university.


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