IELTS USA will be offering a series of informational online webinars to address frequently asked questions and concerns US educational institutions and organizations have about IELTS.
Recordings of each IELTS webinar will be available on-demand two weeks after their scheduled date (see below).
IELTS Joint Funded Research Grant, Wednesday, April 21, 1:00 pm PDT / 4:00 pm EDT
The IELTS Partners invite researchers with expertise in language learning and assessment research to apply for funding to undertake applied research projects in relation to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Join us to learn more about the 2021 research areas of interest and application process. We will be joined by a former Joint Funded Research Grant Recipient, Dr. Okim Kang, and Joint Funded Research Committee Member, Jenny Osborne.
Dr. Okim Kang, Ph.D, Professor of Applied Linguistics/TESL and Director of the Applied Linguistics Speech Lab, Northern Arizona University
Jenny Osborne, Researcher Coordinator- IELTS, IDP Education
Reimagining the Application Review Process in a Test-Optional World, Thursday, April 29, 7:30 am PDT / 10:30 am EDT
With the onset of the global pandemic, a growing number of institutions in the US have made the decision to temporarily waive standardized testing requirements. While other institutions and state systems have made the decision to completely phase out SAT and ACT requirements over the next four years.
Join IELTS USA and co-presenters from higher education institutions and international secondary schools as we explore best practices for transitioning to a test optional policy and tips for advising prospective US-bound international students as admissions requirements change.
Ruby Bhattacharya, Associate Director of Admissions and the Director of International Recruitment, Barnard College
Jennifer Blask, Executive Director of International Admissions, University of Rochester
Becky Konwicz, Dean of Undergraduate Admission, Santa Clara University
Kate McKeen, Director, Higher Education, IELTS USA
Lisa Przekop, Director, Undergraduate Admissions, University of California, Santa Barbara
Shikha Vij, Career Counselor at Step by Step School, Noida, India
International Admissions Professionals
Exploring IELTS Around the World: Focus on Latin America - February 2021
Latin America has consistently played an important role in global international student mobility and many countries in this region are frequently listed in IIE’s Open Doors Report list of top sending countries for US Institutions. Join IELTS USA and co-presenters for an overview of Latin America. This webinar will review the mobility of students from this region and discuss trends in education reform that may affect future student mobility. Additionally, we will share IELTS test taker trends, recruitment opportunities for US institutions, and best practices for English language support for academic success.
Ed Bustos, Director of International Admission, Rollins College
Fred Johnson, Director of International Admissions, Johnson & Wales University
Alex Wood, Regional Exams Commercial Development Manager, British Council Americas
Preparing for Impact: Implementing Safeguards to Ensure International Student Success - November 2020
Universities across the globe have responded to the many challenges posed by Covid-19, one of which is determining the English language proficiency of international applicants while test centers are temporarily closed. Many universities responded to this challenge by temporarily accepting short online tests, which lack the robust peer-reviewed validity studies of other long-standing proficiency tests. As Tony Clark, Senior Research Manager at Cambridge Assessment English, mentioned in his recent Linkedln article, shorter online tests offer less time to assess the skills you would expect from a test being used for academic purposes.
Join us for a webinar exploring how universities are grappling with these same questions and implementing safeguards to ensure struggling students can be identified and provided the language support they need.
Misty Wilson, ESL Program Development & Research Manager, IELTS USA
Tony Clark, Senior Research Manager, Cambridge Assessment English
Alison Camacho, Associate Director of SCAD Language Studio, Savannah College of Art and Design
Katherine Pope, Director of English Language Institute, North Central College
Exploring IELTS Around the World: Focus on Kazakhstan and Central Asia - November 2020
English language study is becoming increasingly important in the Central Asia region. Kazakhstan, which is the economic powerhouse in this region, has recently reformed their education system to meet their goal of creating a trilingual country by 2050. This reform included a recent initiative to teach sciences in English in all schools across the country.
Join IELTS USA and co-presenters for an overview of Central Asia with a spotlight on This webinar will review the student mobility of this region and recent education reforms to promote English language proficiency. Additionally, we will discuss IELTS test taker trends, recruitment opportunities for US institutions, and best practices for English language support for academic success.
Daniyar Duiagambetov, Marketing Manager, Central Asia , British Council
Naomi Levine, Director of Admissions, North field Mount Herman
Dr. Kathie Stromile Golden, Provost and Senior Vice -President for Academic Affairs, Mississippi Valley State University
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Language matters: A discussion on language, mental health, and the well-being of non-native speakers of English - October 2020
COVID-19 has exacerbated existing acculturation challenges for international students, and recently there has been a renewed interest in higher education to tend to their students’ emotional and mental well-being. For non-native English speakers, language difficulties can further impact their ability to cope during these difficult times.
Join IELTS USA and international higher education colleagues for a discussion on the importance of language and the impact this has on mental health and well-being for non-native English speakers.
Guest speakers, Dr. Nelson Brunsting (from Wake Forest University and Patriece Campbell from Millereyille University will share research-informed, practical strategies that international student administrators can use to break down cultural barriers, help promote international students' resilience, and foster a culture of care and advocacy in promoting international students’ mental health.
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International Student Success Beyond the Classroom: Employer Expectations and the Impact on Admissions Requirements - October 2020
Globalization has not only affected the increase in student mobility, It has also changed the landscape of English as the lingua franca in jobs around the world. This webinar will discuss the evolving English proficiency requirements in career fields across multiple disciplines, and the effect this has on the success of international students’ job placement statistics.
We will also review how the changes in employer expectations should be considered when setting admissions requirements for International students, and adding more in-depth student support services for career preparation.
Katherine Beczak, Assistant Director, Graduate Enrollment Services, Rochester Institute of Technology
Rebecca Chase, Associate Director, Market Readiness & Employment, Wake Forest University
Mark Hurrell, Development Manager, Recognition, Cambridge Assessment English
Marianne Menius, Graduate Program and Research Manager, IELTS USA
More Than Just an Interview: Evaluating English Proficiency for Admissions - September 2020
English proficiency is a vital factor for International student success both Inside and outside the classroom. Successful students, specifically non- native English speakers, should be ready to engage in academic and social communication through productive and receptive skills.
In order to ensure that students are able to succeed and meet the demands of their program, it is essential to understand the complexity of English proficiency and assess these skills.
While interviews can serve as an important component of the admissions process, they will not provide an admissions officer or faculty member with a complete assessment of a student’s English proficiency. Enacting admissions policies that holistically assess students” English proficiency is essential for both student and university program success.
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Complimentary Services and Professional Development Opportunities with IELTS - September 2020
Did you know that IELTS USA provides more than just an English proficiency test? We also offer a variety of resources to assist representatives serving international students in a variety of capacities. Our goal is to provide services and support to help improve the overall international student experience on campus.
Join representatives from IELTS USA and panelists from Long Beach City College, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Mississippi Valley State University, and the University of La Verne as we take you on a journey highlighting IELTS complimentary services and professional development opportunities. Learn more about IELTS and participate in a panel discussion with your colleagues who are already using many of these resources.
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IELTS for Law Schools - August 2020
Join representatives from IELTS USA, LSAC, and Tulane Law School to learn more about how we work together to provide law schools with valid and reliable English proficiency assessments for their applicants.
In this webinar, we discuss the IELTS data that can be received from LSAC, how law schools can set up their own IELTS Results Service Verification account and other complimentary IELTS services that are available to all universities. Tulane Law School will also share some examples from their experience of working with both IELTS and LSAC.
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IELTS 101 - July 2020
With the application season right around the corner, we invite you to join IELTS USA for our IELTS 101 webinar. This webinar is geared towards both undergraduate and graduate admissions professionals, and is ideal for anyone new to international admissions or in need of an IELTS refresher.
- an overview of IELTS
- a review of score delivery options that are offered to recognizing organizations
- information on IELTS Indicator and API integration
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