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Quality in accounting education and low English standards among overseas students: is there a link

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posted on 04.05.2017, 05:46 by Watty, Kim
Two studies of stakeholders in university education for accounting professionals in Australia provide evidence of a decline in the quality of accounting education as perceived by accounting academics. This decline may be linked to increasing enrolments of international students with poor English language skills. Some university lecturers indicate that the quality of students entering their courses has declined, as has the quality of those graduating. In an environment increasingly dominated by the need to publish or perish, assessment tasks such as essays, case studies, and research reports, designed to improve the English language and communications skills of graduates, may have been compromised. This may contribute to the fact that many employers of graduates are concerned about the low levels of English language and communication skills displayed by accounting graduates, particularly international students. Copyright. Monash University and the author/s


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People and place, vol. 15, no. 1 (2007), p. 22-29. ISSN 1039-4788