Screening nursing students for their English language skills can identify those likely to struggle with the course, claim Australian researchers.
The team from the school of nursing and midwifery at the University of Western Sydney surveyed 1,400 new students about their language usage with the English Language Acculturation Scale.
The found a strong association between English language use and academic performance, with students that scored well for language most likely to have higher grades at the end of their first year.
The study authors said: “Nursing students who have English as an additional language can struggle clinically and academically due to low levels of English language proficiency.
“Language screening tools can be an important strategy to identify nursing students at risk of underperforming in their studies,” they added. “The English Language Acculturation Scale has the potential to be a useful brief self-report measure for commencing nursing students.”