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English language requirements in immigration Focus on IELTS UKNARIC Annual Conference 2009
Aims To give staff working with English language assessment an understanding of: –PBS & English language requirements in Tier 4 –What makes IELTS a proven, fit-for-purpose high quality assessment of English language ability –Assessing English language ability IELTS format, content and scores Test Report Form (TRF) Verification Service
The importance of language skills English language proficiency – a necessary standard Required by: Employers Professional registration bodies Education institutions Incorporated into the Points Based System (PBS)
What is IELTS? The International English Language Testing System Jointly managed by 3 partners: Experts in language testing internationally 20th anniversary!
What does IELTS do? Designed to assess the English language ability of people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication Test of communicative proficiency in English Original 4 skills test covering: Listening Reading Writing Speaking
The increasing popularity of IELTS
Candidate top destinations 2008
Proven track record Tried, tested and proven for over 20 years Over 6000 recognising organisations worldwide
Comprehensively researched Research and Validation Unit: Maintaining quality Continuity and innovation Ongoing research programmes
Successful communication involves interaction
Face-to-face speaking test
Globally accessible and convenient Tests administered at centres and venues worldwide Up to 48 test dates per year (4 per month) Results released 13 days after test TRF can be sent directly to receiving organisations
Question Paper Production 3 – 4 years to develop one item (question) - rigorous standards applied Item writers in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA and now Canada Content sourced globally Topics or language context which may introduce a bias against any group are avoided
Test Format Listening 30 minutes, 4 sections, 40 items General Training Reading 60 minutes, 3 sections, 40 items Academic Reading 60 minutes, 3 sections, 40 items General Training Writing 60 minutes, 2 tasks Academic Writing 60 minutes, 2 tasks Speaking minutes, 3 parts
PBS Tier 4 and English language
Tier 4 – sponsors role Tier 4 sponsors = licensed educational institutions Sponsor assesses student qualifications No English language requirement by UKBA English language ability should be considered by sponsor when assessing qualifications Satisfactory qualifications = sponsor issues Confirmation of Acceptance for Study or Visa Letter Unconditional offer for place on a course
Tier 4 – students role Student sends UKBA their visa application including: Photos, passport, identity card (if applicable) etc Proof of the availability of maintenance funds CAS reference number or visa letter (unconditional offer) Original certificates (or transcripts of results) of qualifications assessed by the sponsor in order to assign CAS / issue visa letter - includes proof of English language ability if assessed by sponsor
Lets discuss When assessing student qualifications for Tier 4, how do you assess their English language ability? How important is English ability to their success at your institution? What do your students need to be able to do in English / what activities do they need to be involved in?
How does English ability relate to an IELTS Score? 9 band scores: 9 – expert user 8 – very good user 7 – good user 6 – competent user 5 – modest user 4 – limited user 3 – extremely limited user 2 – intermittent user 1 – non user
Mini assessment! We will watch three short clips of candidates at three different IELTS levels Discuss: What impressed you in terms of their ability? What do you think limited their ability? What IELTS score do you think they are?
IELTS Band Score Quiz Reveal
Your thoughts Think again about what your students need to be able to do in English / what activities do they need to be involved in. Discuss: Whats a realistic score to set? How do your think these candidates would cope at your institution and what type of course would suit them best? Have the clips made you reassess your English language requirements?
Ensuring you are assessing genuine qualifications IELTS Test Report Form Verification service
On-line TRF Verification Service Log in at and click on TRF Querywww.ielts.org/TRF
Enter the TRF number
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Test Report Form (TRF) What security features of a TRF do you know about and look for?
Contact us Carly Moulding – IELTS Stakeholder Relations Manager Chris Chivers – IELTS Client Relations Officer