University contemplating ban on dictionaries in exams

University of Glasgow are said to considering banning students whose first language is not English from using english language translation dictionaries in exams

With the University reporting an increased number of students using dictionaries to cheat in exams, the University are arguing that students should have a good enough level of English to sit an exam.

At present, dictionaries must be submitted by students to the School the day before the exam for checking, before they are taken straight to the exam. For some exams in the College of Social Sciences where they have a lot of students using dictionaries this procedure has been changed and they use a declaration form which is submitted by the student in place of prior checking of dictionaries.

Removing dictionaries would remove a level of support that some students rely on. According to the website of the Russell Group of Universities, In order to benefit from the demanding programmes offered by Russell Group universities, “it is important that you have a good grasp of the English language before taking up your place.  In addition to satisfying academic entry requirements, universities will ask you to provide evidence of this – usually by achieving a specified level in an approved English language test, such as IELTS or TOEFL”.

The SRC are said to be worried about the impact that such a ban would have on Transnational educational institutes as well as the huge impact on Erasmus students who are only here for a semester and are thus most likely to lack language support.

If you are affected by this issue or would like to have your say the SRC are holding a drop-in session from 12-2 on Thursday 27th November in the Williams Room

[Max Sefton]

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