ECSL’S Curriculum Review
We have always felt that our curriculum is robust, and we know that students completing our UAP 500 level are well prepared for university and are successful when they get there. However, with so many schools offering bridging programs and pathways, stakeholders were understandably getting a little confused by all the terminology and levels at different institutions. In order to reassure our partners that they could unquestionably rely on ECSL’s standards, we decided to invest in a very thorough assessment of our curriculum. As a result, earlier this year, our UAP curriculum and Skills curriculum were assessed and mapped by an outside expert to ensure we are on track for student success.
It was important for us to have an outside expert complete this assessment rather than someone at ECSL. We wanted to be absolutely sure that our curriculum was put under the microscope and any weaknesses identified. The complex mapping process was carried out by Dianne Tyers, President of Advance Consulting for Education (ACE), and it took two months to complete. Dianne took all our materials for the different levels, including textbooks, objectives, assessments, marking rubrics, and outcomes. She then mapped them against outcomes from the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) language proficiency levels to see how we compared. She also looked at TOEFL and IELTS comparisons, although this is not such an exact science because those are tests and not based on outcomes.
We were very happy to learn that we have always been on target and that those students graduating from our UAP 500 level are equivalent to a CEFR level C1 or an IELTS 6.5.
Having gone through this process, we think that a curriculum assessment by an outside expert is something that every school should consider, as it is a rigorous and worthwhile exercise. In addition, this would help agents and partner institutions identify which schools’ curricula meet specific international standards.