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IELTS Announces 2010 Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters
Award to Thom Kiddle
The IELTS Research Committee, comprising representatives of the
British Council, IDP Education, and University of Cambridge ESOL
Examinations, is pleased to announce the awarding of the 2010
Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters Award to Thom Kiddle, for his
dissertation submitted to Lancaster University entitled “The effect
of mode of response on a semi-direct test of oral proficiency.” The
dissertation was supervised by Dr Judit Kormos. In addition, the
Committee also issued a commendation for the dissertation of Gerard
Seinhorst, also from Lancaster University.
The award, which carries a prize of £1000, will be formally
presented to the winner at the Language Testing Research Colloquium
(LTRC) in June 2011.
The Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters Award is presented annually
to the Master's-level dissertation or thesis in English which makes
the most significant contribution to the field of language testing.
Please check the IELTS Masters Awards
page in early 2011 for the details of next year’s competition.
Congratulations to Messrs Kiddle and Seinhorst!
IELTS International Offers Free Workshops for ESL
Teachers in the US - 6 October 2010
IELTS International is pleased to offer complimentary
professional development seminars to ESL teachers in conjunction
with various statewide Teachers of English to Speakers of Other
Languages (TESOL) conferences this fall. IELTS, a test of English
language proficiency, is taken by over one million global test
takers each year, and is accepted by over 3,000 U.S. institutions
and programs for admissions purposes.
The 3-hour workshops will include overviews of testing,
research, scoring and test use. Participants will become
familiarized with the test format, task types and the unique
writing and speaking modules. Teachers in attendance will learn how
to integrate IELTS preparation into academic course curricula, and
will receive free resources including classroom-ready activities
and syllabus materials.
The professional development seminars will be held in the
- Miami, Florida – Tuesday, September 21, 2010
- Ypsilanti, Michigan – Friday, October 1, 2010
- Phoenix, Arizona – Thursday, October 7, 2010
- Des Moines, Washington – Friday, October 22, 2010
- San Antonio, Texas – Thursday, November 11, 2010
- Aurora, Colorado (tentative) – Thursday, November 11, 2010
If you are interested in attending a free, scheduled IELTS
workshop, email email@example.com and include
the city and date for the event you plan to attend.
UK's GMC increase minimum language requirements for
overseas doctors - August 2010
The UK's General Medical Council (GMC) has
decided to increase the minimum level of language ability needed by
overseas doctors to work in the UK.
From 1 October the new rules - announced last week - will increase
the minimum scores overseas doctors need to achieve in their IELTS
Currently, non-EU doctors needing IELTS as part of their
registration to work in the UK are required to achieve an overall
average score of 7.0, with minimum scores of 7.0 for speaking and
6.0 for listening, reading and writing. From October, this will
increase to minimum of 7.0 overall and minimum 7.0 for all of the
four language skills.
IELTS sets the standard for Canadian migration - July
New Canadian migration rules make IELTS even more valuable for
people who want to live and work in Canada, with demonstration of
language proficiency via an approved test score now a requirement
of skilled migration applicants under changes announced by
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Previously, language competency could be demonstrated via an
approved English language test score or a written submission by
applicants intending to live or work in Canada. The changes apply
to applicants under the Federal Skilled Workers and Canadian
IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, has
welcomed the changes. IELTS is one of two English language tests
recognised by CIC for this purpose and is considered a trusted
measure of English internationally. Jointly owned and managed by
the British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia and the University of
Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), IELTS has been
recognised by CIC since 1999.
“IELTS is great preparation for anyone who wants to live or work
in an English speaking country because it proves you can really use
English to communicate in a whole range of situations,”
Communication and Stakeholder Relations Director with Cambridge
ESOL, Christine Nuttall explains.
“IELTS is the English test of choice for migration authorities
around the world. We've been working with immigration authorities
in Canada, Australia, the UK and New Zealand for many years to make
sure that IELTS really meets their needs and helps migrants and
students to integrate into their new countries.”
The IELTS test was first established 21 years ago and has since
grown to be the world’s most popular high stakes English language
test. Last over 1.4 million candidates sat IELTS worldwide.
“As CIC makes clear, the added bonus for test takers is that
many regulatory bodies and industry sectors require proof of
language competency, so in taking an IELTS test, applicants are one
step closer to entry into the Canadian labour market,” says Ms
IELTS is recognised by over 6,000 organisations worldwide, with
Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the highly ranked McGill
University, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia,
University of Alberta and Simon Fraser University amongst the 189
organisations who recognise IELTS in Canada.
IELTS to deliver information sessions for stakeholders
in Melbourne - July 2010
IELTS Australia staff are currently delivering information
sessions for the tertiary sector and
assessing authorities who rely and recognise IELTS.
Two separate sessions tailored for assessing authorities (morning
session) and the tertiary sector (afternoon session) will be held
in Melbourne on Friday 13 August.
To RSVP to either of these sessions, email Bethany Marett at
with your details and nominate whether you represent an assessing
authority or tertiary education provider.
Recognising excellence in language schools – May
IELTS is proudly sponsoring the English Australia/IELTS Award
for Contribution to Quality in ELICOS through Academic Leadership
at the English Australia Awards.
The awards, which take place on 16-18
September on the Gold Coast, recognise and celebrate the
contribution of individuals and organisations to the ELICOS
industry in Australia.
IELTS recognise the key role that academic
managers play in the overall quality of the development and
delivery of ELICOS programs.
Academic managers are responsible for
curriculum and program development, teacher employment, as well as
student outcomes, support and satisfaction. A good academic manager
has a combination of skills, knowledge and personal qualities that
can have a major impact on an ELICOS institution.
The winner will receive a cheque for $1500, a
certificate and trophy, as well as up to $1500 to cover return
economy flights, accommodation and expenses to attend the English
Australia Conference Gala Awards dinner.
Nominations for the English Australia/IELTS
Award for Contribution to Quality in ELICOS through Academic
Leadership close on 21 May 2010. To nominate, please visit the
English Australia Awards website.
IELTS International co-sponsors the AACC International
Reception - 13 April 2010
IELTS International is pleased to announce
their co-sponsorship of the International Reception at the upcoming
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Annual Convention
to be held April 17 – 20 in Seattle, Washington.
The International Reception will be Sunday,
April 18 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, and is open to international visitors
and guests in attendance at this year’s AACC Convention.
As the premier English language proficiency
test, IELTS provides evidence that non-native speakers have the
English proficiency skills required for academic success.
IELTS is taken by over one million test takers annually, and
is recognized by over 6,000 top higher educational institutions and
professional bodies worldwide, including over 2,500 programs and
institutions in the U.S.
AACC is the leading proponent and national
"voice for community colleges”. The association represents almost
1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more
than 11 million students, as well as a growing number of
international members in Puerto Rico, Japan, Great Britain, Korea,
and the United Arab Emirates.
IELTS International proudly supports AACC’s
mission to advance the recognition of the role of American
community colleges serving society today, as well as AACC’s
commitment to diversity on community college campuses. “We
are delighted to be able to support AACC in their recognition of
the importance of an international student presence on college
campuses,” said Beryl Meiron, Executive Director of IELTS
International. “With the IELTS test, international students
can gain admission to an increasing number of two year colleges in
For further details about the AACC
International Reception, visit the IELTS International booth #408
at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Halls
For more information on IELTS and AACC, please visit http://www.ielts.org/
Hong Kong Universities fund final year students to take
IELTS - 11 March 2010
The verdict's out in Hong Kong: English proficiency is high on
the agenda for undergraduate students.
Hong Kong's University Grants Committee (UGC) recently announced
that a record high number of final-year undergraduate students had
registered for a voluntary IELTS test this year. Over 12,000
students registered for an IELTS test under the Common English
Proficiency Assessment Scheme (CEPAS). This figure represents an
increase of about 2.3% from last year.
Paulina Leung, of the CEPAS Management Unit said, "This
outstanding result is indicative of the value students are placing
on their English language skills, particularly because the Scheme
"It's clear that students value an IELTS result on their
resumes. There is a strong understanding that the future is bright;
the doors are opened to hundreds of employers seeking skilled
workers who are proficient in English language."
Since the establishment of the IELTS CEPAS Testing Centre in
Hong Kong in 2002, over 67,000 UGC-funded students have completed
the test. The Testing Centre was jointly set up through the offices
of IDP Education and British Council in Hong Kong. Robust
communication between the Test Centre, the UGC and university
registrars also takes place, ensuring the candidate registration
process runs smoothly.
The University Grants Committee is the non statutory body which
advises the Hong Kong Government of the SAR on the funding and
strategic development of higher education in Hong Kong.
IELTS International Partners with AACSB to
provide Conference Registration for ICAM 2010 - 3 March
IELTS International announced an offer for a free conference
registration for an attendee to the 2010 Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International Conference and
Annual Meeting (ICAM) to be held April 18 – 20 in Anaheim,
AACSB International, the preeminent
accrediting agency of college and university business schools and
accounting programs worldwide, is devoted to the advancement of
higher education in management education.
IELTS International strongly supports AACSB’s
mission to advance quality education and to provide on-going
professional development through conference participation and the
sharing of ideas. To assist management school professionals
who wish to continuously upgrade their knowledge and skills, IELTS
International will provide a full conference registration to an
attendee with less than five years experience in the field who is
directly involved in the strategic planning, recruitment or
admission of international students in schools of management or
“Higher educational institutions around the
globe have had to make serious cutbacks in costs due to the
financial downturn, including instituting restrictions on
conference attendance. IELTS International is pleased to be
able to provide financial assistance to an individual who may have
otherwise been unable to attend this year’s AACSB ICAM,” said Beryl
Meiron, Executive Director of IELTS International.
For more information on IELTS and AACSB,
please visit http://www.ielts.org/
IELTS International offers ESL Teachers
a Professional Development Day - 24 February
Today IELTS International announced a free professional
development training day for ESL teachers to be held in Boston, MA.
IELTS, the premier English language proficiency test, is taken by
over one million test takers annually. Recognized in the U.S. and
worldwide by over six thousand top higher educational institutions
and professional bodies, IELTS provides evidence that non-native
speakers have the English language proficiency skills required for
The IELTS event will be held on Tuesday, March
23, 2010, from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, immediately prior to the TESOL
Convention, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The
agenda will include overviews of language testing, statistics,
current research, band scoring and test use in the U.S.
Participants will examine the test format, task types, and the
unique writing and speaking modules. Teachers attending will learn
how to integrate IELTS preparation into academic course curricula.
Free materials and classroom-ready activities will be provided.
“More and more international ESL students
studying in the U.S. want to take IELTS and are asking their
teachers for information,” said Richard Halstead, U.S. Regional
Manager for IELTS International. “We hope the information and
resources provided will allow teachers to advise students about
IELTS and successfully prepare them to do well on the test.”
Event participation, lunch and resources are
complimentary. Due to limited space, interested teachers are asked
to RSVP their name, title, institution, phone number and email to
firstname.lastname@example.org on or
before March 15, 2010.
New IELTS test centre in Sydney at UWS – 8 January
The University of Western Sydney’s UWSCollege recently launched
the region’s first dedicated IELTS testing centre in a move that
will greatly support migrant and refugee settlement programs in
Greater Western Sydney.
UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid said the new centre
is another great way in which the University is opening up
opportunities and access to higher education for the people of
Greater Western Sydney.
“Australian Bureau of Statistics data reveal that 34 per cent of
people in the Greater Western Sydney region are born overseas and
29 per cent come from a non-English speaking background, a higher
amount than any other parts of Sydney,” she said.
The new IELTS Centre will assist new migrants, refugees and
overseas students on the path to greater participation in the
community, work and further education.
The centre will cater for about 350 people a session where the
candidates will complete individual tests for listening, reading,
writing and speaking.
The CEO of UWSCollege, Dr Kerry Hudson, said: “What sets IELTS
apart from other English language tests is the face-to-face
speaking component, and the security and integrity of testing. The
interactive component closely resembles a real-life situation, to
really test the students’ English language skills and
Faster access to IELTS tests in Australia - 7 January
The demand for IELTS tests in Australia has increased
dramatically in the past few years, resulting in thousands of extra
places being made available throughout Australia.
Mary Lou Hayman, Regional Manager for IELTS in Australia, said:
“In the past two years, a number of new test centres have opened in
capital cities where demand for IELTS is
The capacity of existing IELTS test centres has also increased
significantly, with access to additional places in new regional
testing facilities and remote mining communities.
These recent improvements have led to very short waiting
times for an IELTS test in Australia.
This is welcome news in the lead up to the 2010 academic year in
Australia and a time when demand for permanent residency in
Australia remains high.
The newest IELTS test centres in Australia include:
- The University of Western Australia in Perth
- PIBT Joondalup campus in Perth
- University of Western Sydney in Sydney
The existing test centres below, have all substantially
increased their testing capacity over the past 18 months:
- CELUSA in Adelaide
- ICTE – UQ in Brisbane
- Monash University in Melbourne
- UTS in Sydney
- Macquarie University in Sydney
- ACL in Sydney
- UNSW in Sydney