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Abstract With increasing numbers of international students enrolling in universities in English speaking countries such as Australia, the question of the level of English language proficiency (ELP) necessary for academic success becomes critical. The main question for this study was the usefulness of IELTS and TOEFL (the two main...
Asbtract This research project was designed to complement research being carried out at the time by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) into candidate and examiner discourse produced in the Speaking Module of the test. The researchers felt that analysis of this kind was fundamental to having informed discussions on any...
Abstract This qualitative study examines the use of IELTS to assess English language competence for membership of professional associations or as a criterion for registration in Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America. The research project was a qualitative study which examined the use of IELTS to assess...
Abstract This project explores stakeholders’ perceptions of the role of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in the admissions processes of UK higher education (HE) institutions. It draws on two pieces of empirical study: a large-scale questionnaire survey of those responsible for admissions decisions in a...
Abstract Teacher education students whose language background is not English (LBOTE) not only need to perform adequately in English for the purposes of their academic study, but also need to be fluent in the public situation of teaching their own classes on practicum and in their future careers. Thus, for these students, the...
Abstract This research project aims to determine the appropriate IELTS band score for admission to, and ideally success in, the Computer Systems Technology (CST) and Computer Information Technology (CIT) programs at a large Canadian polytechnic post-secondary institute. This was done by examining typical instances, such as course...
Abstract Employers in English-speaking countries are increasingly requiring evidence from non-English speaking background professionals seeking employment in fields for which they are academically qualified that they can demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English, such as is represented by an IELTS band score of 7.0. The...
Abstract The rapid growth of IELTS has resulted in a growing number of people providing information about the IELTS Test, setting standards, interpreting scores and advising test-takers. This project examined the assessment literacy needs of university test users (including admissions, marketing, academic and English language staff),...
Abstract Over the past 20 years, the IELTS Test has been taken up by private bodies, professional associations and governments to fit a number of different purposes requiring assessment of language. One of the more recent uses of the testing system has been as a gateway for people seeking to immigrate or to work or study in a foreign...
Abstract Using a mixed method approach, this study explores how examiners view the revised IELTS Pronunciation scale in general, and how they used the scale to award Pronunciation scores to candidates at IELTS-assigned scores of Bands 5, 6 and 7. In general, the examiners preferred the revised Pronunciation scale to the previous one,...