Presentation on theme: "English language requirements in immigration Focus on IELTS"— Presentation transcript:
1 English language requirements in immigration Focus on IELTS UKNARIC Annual Conference 2009
2 AimsTo give staff working with English language assessment an understanding of:PBS & English language requirements in Tiers 1 & 2What makes IELTS a proven, fit-for-purpose high quality assessment of English language abilityAssessing English language abilityIELTS format, content and scoresTest Report Form (TRF) Verification Service
3 The importance of language skills English language proficiency – a necessary standardRequired by:EmployersProfessional registration bodiesEducation institutionsIncorporated into the Points Based System (PBS)
4 What is IELTS? The ‘International English Language Testing System’ Jointly managed by 3 partners:Experts in language testing internationally20th anniversary!
5 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 EnglishOriginal 4 skills test covering:ListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
12 Globally accessible and convenient Tests administered at centres and venues worldwideUp to 48 test dates per year (4 per month)Results released 13 days after testTRF can be sent directly to receiving organisations
13 Question Paper Production 3 – 4 years to develop one item (question) - rigorous standards appliedItem writers in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA and now CanadaContent sourced globallyTopics or language context which may introduce a bias against any group are avoided
14 Academic or General Training IELTS? Entry to University / College / professional registrationAssesses ability to study or train at undergraduate or postgraduate levelGeneral Training:Immigration, vocational, secondary education, language training and work experienceAssess survival skills in a broad social and educational context
15 General Training Reading General Training Writing Test FormatListening30 minutes, 4 sections, 40 itemsGeneral Training Reading60 minutes, 3 sections, 40 itemsAcademic ReadingGeneral Training Writing60 minutes, 2 tasksAcademic WritingSpeakingminutes, 3 parts
18 Tier 1 – Highly SkilledDesigned to allow highly skilled people to come to / remain in the UK to look for work or self-employment opportunities.General, entrepreneur, investor, post study worker75 points for attributes (age, qualifications, previous earnings, UK experience) 10 points for English language skills 10 points for available maintenance (funds)Requirements differ for initial and extension applications
19 Academic or General Training How to achieve 10 pointsbe a national of a majority English speaking countryOR2. hold a degree assessed by UK NARIC as being taught in English and is equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree or above OR3. pass an English language test on UKBA approved listMinimum IELTS score 6.5Academic or General Training
20 Tier 2 – Sponsored Skilled Workers Designed for workers with a job offer from a licensed sponsor, valid certificate of sponsorship and who pass the points-based assessmentCategoriesWork permits – Bulgarian and Romanian nationalsGeneral, Minister of Religion, Sportsperson, Intra-company transfer
21 Points for Tier 2 General, Minister of Religion, Sportsperson: 50 points for attributes (e.g sponsorship, qualifications, future expected earnings)10 points for English language10 points for maintenance (funds)Intra-company transfer:English language only required if stay is longer than 3 years.
22 How to achieve 10 pointsbe a national of a majority English speaking countryOR2. hold a degree assessed by UK NARIC as being taught in English and is equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree or above OR3. pass an English language test on UKBA approved listMinimum IELTS score 4.0 – general, ICT, sportspeopleMinimum IELTS score Minister of ReligionAcademic or General Training
23 Let’s discussWhen assessing international applicant’s qualifications, how do you assess their English language ability?How important is English ability to their success in your profession/organisation?What would your international applicants need to be able to do in English / what activities or tasks do they need to be able to do?
24 How does English ability relate to an IELTS Score? 9 band scores:9 – expert user8 – very good user7 – good user6 – competent user5 – modest user4 – limited user3 – extremely limited user2 – intermittent user1 – non user
25 Mini assessment!We will watch three short clips of candidates at three different IELTS levelsDiscuss:What impressed you in terms of their ability?What do you think limited their ability?What IELTS score do you think they are?
27 Your thoughtsThink again about what your international applicants need to be able to do in English / what activities or tasks they need to be able to do.Discuss:What’s a realistic score to set?How do your think these candidates would cope in your profession or organisation and what role would be most suitable for them?Have the clips made you reassess your English language requirements?
28 Ensuring you are assessing genuine qualifications IELTS Test Report Form Verification service
29 On-line TRF Verification Service Log in at and click on TRF Query