Tag Archives: English Language

Language skill on the up for migrants

Search for skill gets canny | Bernard Lane | The Australian Higher Education | 26 September, 2012

A NEW skilled migration system, reformed after an explosion in overseas student numbers, has lifted English language standards. The first set of figures from the SkillSelect system show 16 people invited to apply as independent skilled migrants boasted the maximum possible test score of nine under the International English Language Testing System.

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English standards being set below recommended levels

English standards being set below recommended levels | David Matthews | Times Higher Education | 23 August 2012

Nearly two in three UK universities are setting English language requirements below the recommended level for undergraduate students from outside the European Union, according to a Times Higher Education survey.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which is one of the most commonly used tests and is partly owned by the British Council, recommends that a score of at least 6.5 is needed for any degree course.

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Curtin University may decide IELTS is too risky

Curtin University may decide IELTS is too risky | Bernard Lane | The Australian | 30 March , 2011

CURTIN University may give up the International English Language Testing System business as too risky, vice-chancellor Jeanette Hacket says. Yesterday, Professor Hacket was one of the last witnesses to appear before West Australian anti-corruption hearings into IELTS fraud at Curtin’s test centre.

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Language rules lift bar for sector

Language rules lift bar for sector |  Bernard Lane |  The Australian Higher Education | 17 November, 2010

UNIVERSITIES now have a “potent incentive” to redesign their course offer so international students graduate with a professional level of English.Monash researcher Bob Birrell was commenting on last week’s announcement of a new points test for skilled migration, under which professional English has become the de facto standard. A pathway to permanent residency as a skilled migrant has been a significant part of the appeal of Australian qualifications in the overseas market.

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