How do Undergraduate Chinese Students benefit from Practical Skills and Comprehension support in a joint degree?

How do Undergraduate Chinese Students benefit from Practical Skills and Comprehension support in a joint degree?

Julie Hyde, University of Sheffield - Download slides here

A recent development from our 3 + 1 BSc chemistry degree course, delivered in China led me to appreciate many of the problems the Chinese students faced in the understanding of their practical chemistry.  The students  need to gain the required practical skills to enter our final year BSc course at Level 3 for their 4th year of study. 

Many of the Chinese students joined the degree programme with limited or no practical skills.  They were also developing their language skills whilst studying for their degree.  Delivering the whole course once led me to reflect on the gaps and developments needed.  In the RSC Liverpool Conference, September 2014, I heard Dr David Read speak about the practical portfolio he used with his foundation students.  His comments inspired my thinking could I adapt this idea for the Chinese students?  I also had an idea about using wordsearches to help understand complex words that will be found in the practicals.

My talk will focus on the use and adaption of the skills portfolio, the wordsearches used the problems, the updates and the benefits of this trial.