Why do some students need additional academic language support in college?
Academic language support can be the difference between success and failure in college for some students with language weaknesses. Communication deficits can interfere with the ability to make friends, manage school work, and self advocate even after success in high school . Transitioning from high school to college can be difficult for students with weak language skills, because of increased independence and complexity of the academic demands. Students need to learn to study independently a minimum of 17 hours a week, Not only do students need to learn to manage their study time, study effectively, manage free time, be self aware of their needs and can engage others to meet their needs.
“Transition to post-secondary education typically occurs during late adolescence and early adulthood, a developmental period of heightened risk for people with ASD. Core ASD symptoms (e.g., social and communication impairment) and daily living skills tend to plateau, or sometimes worsen, after adolescence (Smith, Maenner, & Seltzer, 2012; Taylor & Seltzer, 2010), so intervening during this period may be especially beneficial with respect to longer-term outcomes.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4927339/
College students need additional academic language support to:
Use language effectively to communicate thoughts and ideas to others at school and work
- Write papers that convey a logical argument
- Add valuable insight to class discussions
- Read effectively and efficiently in order to respond to a teacher’s prompts
Evaluate, plan and schedule free and work time
- Identify interests and join clubs and groups
- Make friends
- Use self awareness to identify when habits become self destructive
- Schedule work and play time so have the opportunity to fully participate in
the college experience.
Learn to communicate with peers, co-workers and professors at school or work
- Engage professors to clear up misunderstood concepts by asking clarifying questions
- Explain to tutors the exact nature of the problem
- Use self advocacy to teach others the most effective way to help
- identify classmates that can help offer outside class support
Self-assess and communicate proactively to seek out others
- Know when and how to engage peers and co-workers to meet immediate needs
- Identify behaviors that are problematic to their success and learn to use self-talk to complete plans of action
College is not just about academics it is also an important social environment that when navigated effectively can lead to lasting personal and important work relationship.
Academic language support: Improves communication skills needed for success in college.
As a society, communication is often taken for granted. We assume that everyone knows how to communicate to meet their needs. Don’t understand the lecture? You go to the professor and ask a clarifying question. You missed part of a class. You ask a classmate if you can copy their notes. Given 5 books to read. Each student learns to manage large assignments. How to use reading skimming and scanning skills efficiently to complete their assignment. For some students, however, language “use” does not come naturally. They need additional college academic language support. At Long on Language, we focus on developing the communication skills needed to be successful in college and beyond. From organizing and writing a research paper; to presenting a class project; to interacting with peers on campus; we support our clients communication needs so they can succeed at the college level.