Sina Vaai and Vernetta Heem, National University of Sāmoa.
The challenges to proficiency and competencies in English of students for whom English is a second language are many and varied. Students in the Pacific Region are no exception despite the long history of colonization and the current pressures of globalization. This paper will focus on contemporary challenges to students’ achievement in English in the Foundation Programme at the National University of Sāmoa and various measures implemented to address these issues in this international language of learning which has important consequences for students’ progress at the tertiary level.
Keywords: English, Second language, University students, Sāmoa