English Language Component of the Mature Students’ Entrance Examinations into Ghanaian Universities: Placement, Diagnostic or Both?

Authors

  • Ramos Asafo-Adjei Centre for Languages and Liberal Studies, Communication and Media Studies Section, Takoradi Technical University, Takoradi, Ghana
  • Ernest Kwesi Klu Department of English, University of Venda, Venda, South Africa
  • Albert Agbesi Wornyo Department of Communication and Media Studies, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2021-0110

Keywords:

Communication Skills, diagnostic, English for Academic Purposes, MSEE, placement

Abstract

One way that Ghanaian universities admit undergraduate students is an examination organised for candidates who are twenty-five years and above. This examination is known as the Mature Students’ Entrance Examinations (MSEE). This paper argues that the English language component of the MSEE should not only be used for placement purposes, but, also, for diagnostic purposes. A desk survey approach to research was adopted involving 43 relevant literature which were reviewed and synthesised. The study indicates that academic writing, referred to as Communication Skills, falls under the domain of English for Academic Purposes in an English as a Second Language setting like Ghana. It is further advanced that Communication Skills is essential for the performance of students in school. The paper, therefore, argues for the English language component of the MSEE to be used not only for placement purposes but for diagnostic purposes. The study recommends that the latter approach should be included since it will help improve the performances of students in Communication Skills.

 

Received: 4 March 2021 / Accepted: 6 May 2021 / Published: 8 July 2021

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Published

2021-07-08

How to Cite

Asafo-Adjei, R. ., Kwesi Klu, E. ., & Wornyo, A. A. . (2021). English Language Component of the Mature Students’ Entrance Examinations into Ghanaian Universities: Placement, Diagnostic or Both?. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 10(4), 201. https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2021-0110

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